Hosea 6: 6-8 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. As at Adam, they have broken the covenant; they were unfaithful to me there.
Gilead is a city of wicked people, stained with footprints of blood.
What are the foot prints we are leaving behind us in today's transaction of life?
In the ebb and flow of today, will the business of the day trample over the needs and concerns of others?
Is there a set of promises, terms and conditions of an agreement that is being broken? Are we calling others to sacrifice so that we can be seen to be generous, altruistic in making changes to one party at the expense of another?
Maybe a reasonable perspective is looking at Jacobs life and where his wages were changed 10 times by his uncle Laban. After all sorts of deal making, Jacob gets the upper-hand. He goes to meet his brother and is in much distress and anguish, he puts all his live stock and family before him as a gift to appease his brother and then when he is alone, he wrestles/struggles with God.
Genesis 32:27-30 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, e]"> because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."Jacob said, "Please tell me your name."But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
The name change from grasper (Jacob), to struggle with God (Israel) and in the midst of the struggle that place is called the "Face of God" Peniel.
The struggles we face today will show us the Face of God. Truth will rise.
Foot Prints will be seen after the fact whether we like it or not, the question is are they muddy because of the struggle or bloody because the struggle injured another?
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