I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them. -- God, Hosea 11:3-4 NKJV
Poor God. He loves us so much, yet it seems that we are constantly in this battle between self and the selflessness He so rightly deserves. God says in Hosea 11:1-2 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. As they (probably the prophets) called them, So they went from them; They sacrificed to the Baals, And burned incense to carved images."
I don't have children, but I can imagine a parent's love for a child and the disappointment when the child misbehaves, just as God references Ephraim (Israel) in the passage above. Even we, are like the people Israel back in Hosea's time. I wonder how many of us truthfully like to admit it. We may not make physical idols with our hands, but I believe we all from time to time set up an "idol" in their spouse, children, pets (they are my children), friendships, jobs or ___________. You can fill in the last blank. We get so involved and so self-sufficient that relying on God gets pushed aside.
Do you realize that no matter where you are or whatever situation you find yourself in, that God is waiting to "stoop' to help you? I wonder how many times that He does without me even knowing. Lord, I pray that today when you stoop to feed me, that I will notice.