January 21, 2021
Choosing Honor When I Feel Dishonored
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"Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you." Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
I remember one day when I got an email that started, "Shame on you."
And of course, it came on the same day I had some technical issues messing with my workday along with a little attitude situation involving a family member.
But instead of firing off the initial email response my flesh wanted to send, I stopped and lifted up a simple and honest prayer: What is the deal, Jesus? Why do I always seem to have little pieces of brokenness in my life every day? It's so frustrating. I need Your perspective on the brokenness, or I need a break from it. There was no answer. No instant verse. Nothing.
Until the next morning. With a tired heart, I sat once again at my farm table and opened up my tattered and worn Truth Book. And there, in the book of Hosea, God had wisdom my heart desperately needed. Wisdom I want us to break down together today:
"Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you" (Hosea 10:12).
Sow righteousness for yourselves ...
In other words, we must sow righteousness into our lives - right choices that honor God. We must make these choices. Choose to honor Him in the midst of it all. Even when we are dishonored, honor Him still.
Reap the fruit of unfailing love ...
There will be fruit in the midst of every choice that honors God. It will be the fruit of God's unfailing love. Remember, Romans 8 teaches us that nothing shall separate us from the love of God. Yet, that is Satan's great tactic - to get us entangled in things that make us forget or doubt God's unfailing love.
We resist the enemy's distracting entanglements by honoring God with the choices we face right now.
Break up your unplowed ground ...
Pain and heartbreak are hard. But I'm learning we must not resist the blessing of brokenness that tills the ground of our hearts. Breaking up the unplowed ground of our hearts makes them ready for new life, new growth and new maturity that can't be found any other way.
For it is time to seek the Lord ...
We must seek God like never before. And part of seeking Him is allowing for grace space in our lives - granting God's grace a space in our minds, our hearts, our lives. When circumstances of life leak us dry, we can see this emptiness as an opportunity. Instead of reacting out of emptiness, we can choose to see that this emptiness is the perfect spot for a space of grace in life.
And as we give grace to those who don't deserve it, the mercy jars of heaven will lavish it back on us.
The showers ...
I love this part. This is where we see growth. We begin making more right choices that honor Him. We start looking at life, people and annoying circumstances differently. And we even dare to whisper, "Thank You," when the need for grace spaces comes again and again.
I don't know what kind of frustrations or heartbreak you face today, sweet friend. But let's decide right now we'll give our hearts permission to grow in fertile soil by making right choices that honor God. Let's make space for grace. And then let's watch God work in our hearts and lives in ways we never would have dared to ask.
Father God, help me trust Your love for me enough to choose to act contrary to my feelings and simply walk in Your Truth. I know living according to Your ways yields a harvest of blessings. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Galatians 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (NIV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Are there any relationships or circumstances where it has felt difficult to honor the Lord in your choices recently? How did today's devotion encourage you? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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