October 17 Loyalty

scripture reading: Hosea 6:1–4
key verse: Proverbs 20:6

Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
But who can find a faithful man?

In certain sections of the country, a morning fog is almost a daily occurrence. The day begins with a heavy mist that dissipates within a few hours. The prophet Hosea described the Israelites’ relationship with God in a similar way: “For your loyalty is like a morning cloud, / And like the dew which goes away early” (Hos. 6:4 nasb).

Loyalty is an essential ingredient in the relationship between us and God. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for loving–kindness is translated as “loyal, faithful, steadfast love.”

Despite our rebellion and sin, God kept His covenant love for us through the generations, fulfilling His eternal plan for reconciliation through the cross of Christ. In return, God expects the wholehearted allegiance of His followers.

Are you actively demonstrating your loyalty to Jesus Christ? Has your devotion to the Lord slackened over the years? Do you question God’s care?

The Lord Jesus Christ is not as interested in your money or time or activity level as He is in your heart. He wants your wholehearted devotion that is not diminished by time or circumstances.

Almighty God, I declare my loyalty to You. I want to be faithful and steadfast. I pledge my wholehearted allegiance to You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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