Reading: Hosea 11: 5-11
We have a varied view of God. Since God is vast and far beyond human understanding, it makes sense that we cannot pin down an exact image or view of God. On one end of the spectrum we see God as judge and in that role God decides on consequences and hands out punishment for our choices. On the other end we see God as love, giver of new mercies every morning and of endless grace and other blessings.
God is just and in our relationship expects obedience and faithfulness from us. In the Old Testament God gave the people the covenant to uphold and the Law to follow, with its accompanying sets of sacrifices. In the New Testament God brought the new covenant into being through the life and witness of Jesus Christ. In the latter part of the New Testament and for us today, God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. Even though we have all of this to help us be obedient and to follow God’s will and ways for our lives, we so often fail. Even when we fail, God loves us. Even when we fail time after time, God continues to love us.
The constant giving of love, mercy, and forgiveness that we experience from God transforms our lives. We are made new creations, without blemish, every time we seek God’s throne of grace. We are drawn in over and over and over again into God’s transforming love, marvelling that it is never withheld, that it is never conditional, and that it is given without cost. God simply loves us, imperfect and sinful as we are. God simply loves us. For this we say, thanks be to God.