Today’s discernment is based on Hosea: 2: 21-22, where Yahweh says to us through the prophet Hosea: “ I shall betroth you to myself for ever, I shall betroth you in uprightness and justice, and faithful love and tenderness. Yes, I shall betroth you to myself in loyalty and in the knowledge of Yahweh.”
In a commentary on this verse, the author tells us that the word “betroth” is used in the Bible “only in reference to ‘a young virgin.’ Thus God abolishes Israel’s adulterous past. His new marriage is, as it were, with a new creature whose dispositions are as constant as his own…” (Footnote “t” of Hosea 2: 21) in the Jerusalem Bible).
God is at work in us and will continue that work until our “dispositions are as constant as his own.” And he accomplishes this work “in uprightness and justice, and faithful love and tenderness.” Yes, Yahweh betroths us to Himself “in loyalty and in knowledge” of Himself.”
Part of discernment is to recognize God at work within us, moving us toward the constancy that God models for us. Discern the tenderness of God, God’s justice and uprightness at work in us each day. Note that God is loyal. God will never abandon us. Our past is no more, in God’s eyes. He says to us, in Isaiah 43: 19, “See I am making something new.”