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We are so loved and cared for

Yet I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms or taking them up in My arms, but they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love, and I was to them as one who lifts up and eases the yoke over their cheeks, and I bent down to them and gently laid food before them. (Hosea 11:3, 4 AMP)

He taught us to walk spiritually knowing Him... Praying, reading His word, loving people. When we fall He doesn't condemn but picks us up and carries us for a while. It's important that we know He heals us. A heart that realizes it is loved and ministered to doesn't grow bitter or jaded. As He heals us we become grateful and sweet.

"I drew them with cords of a man and bands of love." These cords and bands are gentle. He's drawing our hearts to his heart. They aren't forcing us to be near Him but wooing us to be endeared to Him.

The battles we fight, the hills we climb and the work we do in this life can make a heart heavy and weary. He gently eases the yoke over our head so that the work we do is a bit easier. We work, battle and climb as those who are warmly loved and tenderly cared for.

God has a throne in the heavens. He rules from on high. He is glorious and to be honored. But He loves us even though we are lowly. He bends down to hear us pray and he bends down to feed us. He fed the Israelites with manna. It was a miracle food that He bent down to give them each day of the week but the Sabbath for 40 years. Our food is to know Him and He bends down so that we can come close to him. It's the privilege of all privileges.

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