In Hosea 11, the LORD expresses His great love for Israel and how He has practically proved that love through his care.  Then HE tells them that they will be taken captive by Assyria, which actually happen in 722 B.C.. Although HE will discipline them, HE will not destroy them.  One day the Messiah will come and make all things new and restore God’s people.  The thing that stands out to me today in this passage is the LORD’s love for HIS people by disciplining them.  Discipline is an act of love for those who need it.  As the writer of Hebrews expresses when he writes, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).” Lord, thank You for Loving me in and through discipline, so that it will yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness in my life.

– Bryan McKenzie

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