12 Weeks of Prayer Week 6 Day 5



12 Weeks of Prayer Week 6 Day 5

BREAKING GOD'S TRUST

By Linda A. Knowles


"For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,

and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant;

there they were unfaithful to Me."

Hosea 6:6-7


It was as if Israel and Judah's goodness was like a morning mist. One moment the goodness was there, and then, the next moment, their goodness was gone. They were vile, and they disobeyed God. They just kept disregarding God and what God had to say. Sadly, we are no different than Israel and Judah. God kept warning His children. Doesn't God warn us in His Word what will happen if we choose to sin? Doesn't God tell us that if we choose good that we will be blessed? Doesn't God tell us that if we choose to disobey that we will pay the consequences of our sin of disobedience? God wants a relationship with us. Have we broken His trust in us? We displease and hurt God when we don't obey Him. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we show disregard for God and what God considers holy and good by our actions when we choose to do things our way. It hurts when someone betrays us so much that we can no longer trust that person. Can we imagine how displeased and hurt God feels when His own children choose to disobey Him, choose to do things their own way, and choose to live in a way that will only bring them destruction?


If we feel betrayed and hurt by those who harm us in some way, can we imagine how God feels when His own children choose to disobey Him? Look again at what God said, "But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant; there they were unfaithful to me." God's trust in His people was broken. They broke His trust.


When we became children of God, accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we entered a covenant (legally binding contract) with God. This means God is our Heavenly Father and that we are His children. This means that as His children, we will live the way God would have us to live. We live by God's laws and commandments. We communicate with God through prayer. We spend time reading and studying His Word to know His thoughts and His will.