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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 2, 2020

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FRIDAY, October 2

Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

We don’t know much about many of the Old Testament prophets. Scripture doesn’t detail Hosea’s background and Elijah doesn’t even have a job, much less a backstory. Amos apparently tended trees and flocks before being called to preach God’s message to the powerful; Isaiah was just a small child when God called him. Their backgrounds aren’t the important part of the story. Rather, what matters is their willingness to speak on behalf of God, for the love of God’s people.

So, what does that mean for us? It means we matter to God, just as much as any political leader or thought influencer. God treats us all with equal measures of mercy and justice. This equality means we are all called to preach God’s message to a world that needs it. This was revolutionary for the prophets, and it remains revolutionary for the church today.

MOVING FORWARD: Is the idea of God calling the very ordinary—even people like you—revolutionary in your mind?

PRAY for the Archbishop of Canterbury

Ps 102 * 107:1-32 | Hosea 10:1-15 | Acts 21:37—22:16 | Luke 6:12-26

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