Hosea pt 2

Friday

Sydney Del Rosario

1 John 3:1

My Monday night was one filled with worship and prayer. I was not expecting that at all when I woke up that morning. In fact, when I woke up, all I was expecting for the week was studying for tests, taking some tests, and doing some more studying. So, during all of the worship and prayer, all I could think was, “God, your love is so incredible!” Someone put 1 John 3:1 on my mind that night and I want to share it with you. It says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” And that is what we are!” Isn’t that awesome? He lavishes his love on us. Lavish means to bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities. What did we do to deserve all of this love? Nothing. But, he gives us grace on top of grace. He continually pursues us. That’s how deep his love is. As you go through this day, remember how great God’s love for you is. Because, when we hold on to his promises, it changes the way we think and act. 

 

Father, I thank you for Your amazing love. You love me so much. Remind me of who I am in You. Guide me to look more like Your love today. In your holy name, I pray, Amen. 

Hosea pt 1

Thursday

Ruth Hallstead

Hosea 2:23

Hosea has a pretty crazy story, as you well know if you were in service this week (if not, go read the book. It’s short and totally worth it). This verse here is one of my favorite parts. Initially, Hosea’s kids have these terrible names. “Not pitied” “Not my people”. But then, God promises that one day he will flip the script. God is always flipping the script and wow is it incredible this time. He says that these kids will no longer be pushed aside. Instead, He will reclaim them. He made them for better things, and he plans to love them back into His kingdom. God does that for us too! Each and every time we stray, God is right there, ready to accept us and flip the script.

Dear Lord, thank you for always being there, even when we think You aren’t. Thank you for never giving up on us. Flip the script, one more time. Help us to turn back to You, over and over again until we finally stop straying. Amen

Tower of Babel 4

Tuesday

Genesis 11:7

When I was applying for colleges, one school was really big on “Thoughtful Discourse”. Now, this was a tiny liberal arts college in middle of nowhere New York. When I toured, everyone looked the same, talked the same function and seemed to pretty much BE the same. I was amazed, because in my opinion thoughtful discourse is of the utmost importance, but it only matters when you are surrounded by diversity. Thoughtful discourse is, at it’s most basic, thinking before you talk. Communicating with care for every person, in spite of and because of your differences. How often do we surround ourselves with people that make thoughtful discourse easy, even irrelevant? What does it take to bring about difficult discussions, actually talk about real things, and walk away full of respect for one another? I believe this is a call placed upon each and discuss them! It can take a lot of effort as sometimes our language can feel “confused”. But that’s okay. It is in puzzling through that confusion with open ears and hearts and minds where the important stuff happens.

Oh God, help me to be okay with not knowing the answer. Let me lean into disagreement. Guide my conversations that I might learn more about You and Your world through real conversations, difficult as they may be. Allow me to engage at a deeper level with those around me nd not settle for anything less. Amen

Tower of Babel 3

Monday

John Austin Higginbotham

Philippians 2:3-5

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. It’s easy to worry about ourselves. It’s natural and we do it every day. Whether it’s trying to stay on top of schoolwork, making sure you have enough money for meals, or just trying to find some time for hanging out with friends, many of us have a lot that we are worrying about. And it would be wrong for me to say that all of that is unimportant or that everyone should push that to the side. But as Christians we are called to serve others. And if we are not serving others, then we are not truly fulfilling God’s commandment to love others. This is a challenge we face in college, but it’s not insurmountable. I know that in my own life, when I am serving God by serving others, I am happy, joyful, and content. I truly believe that when we are living out God’s will to love and know Him, and to love and serve the world around us, then all of the hardships in college life become less stressful, and we are more empowered to overcome them.

God, open our eyes and ears to the world and students around us, that we can show them love. And that in doing so, we might know the peace and joy that only Christ brings, and that we can overcome all that is being thrown our way.

Tower of Babel 2

Friday

Charlie Warren

Genesis 11: 1-9

Genesis 11, like much of the Old Testament, presents some concepts and actions that I often have a hard time wrestling with. Every time I read this passage, I question why God would seek to tear down the achievements of man. The answers I have come to present two reasons. First, that in chapter 9 of Genesis, God instructs man to go and spread to all corners of the Earth, and so the collection of men into one nation directly defies His wishes. Second, that the nation builds their great monuments for themselves, and are driven by a pride that exalts themselves and their achievements rather than those of God. This chapter reminds us that the achievements of man are insignificant to the wishes of our Lord, and that we must listen and abide by His plan for our lives, no matter how impressive we believe we can be by ourselves.

God, we know that we often put our own desires ahead of Your plans. Help us to keep our eyes on and abide by the plan You have for us, instead of rationalizing the things we do by touting our own skill and by how impressive we perceive our actions to be.

Tower of Babel 1

Thursday

Ruth Hallstead

Genesis 11:1-9

In Genesis 12, some crazy stuff happens. The people say that they need to build some tower or they will be scattered across the earth. Then, God comes in and is like psych, I’m going to scatter you anyway (that’s a direct quote). This is an interesting tension. Why were we scattered? Why was it so important to God that we speak different languages? The way I see it is this. Say you have a friend who is in a bad spot, and you want to help them out of it. But, you think that if they hear specific news or advice from you, it won’t work. So you bring in a mutual friend that you think they will listen to. On a broader scale, this is one reason we were scattered. Not everyone is in a position to say what needs to be said to all people. We can’t always be the ones to share important stuff with everybody in our lives. But we are all incredibly different people, all uniquely positioned. Our mission statement here at Bama Wesley is “A place for all people to discover their God-given identity while fulfilling their God-ordained purpose.” Do you think that Wade can help every person do that? Or John? Or one of the interns? No. None of us can be all things to all people. This scattering of humanity thousands of years ago allowed us to get to where we are, so that ALL people might be served.

Lord, thank you for making us different. Please show me the places that I am uniquely situated to show Your love and to spread Your word. Let me see where I can make a difference simply because of who I am and who You’ve made me to be.

Amen