Archive for June 8th, 2013

Hosea 5

Hosea paints a pretty stark picture here.  “The judgement is for you”.  He calls the people “the revolters” and makes it clear that God “will discipline all of them”.  We tend to want to view God as a God of love, but the reality is that He is a God not only of love, but also judgement.  He requires us to walk with Him.  And when we fail to do that, there is a price to pay.  We cannot ignore God and just do our own thing without taking on the punishment that goes with rebellion.

Hosea describes the people this way:  “For the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they know not the Lord”.  When we chase after things other than God, we become separated from Him.  We lose our relationship and are wandering about on our own.  And we forget who God is. We fall flat on our face and become completely separated from the One who can save us.  If we ever knew God, we may still be His son or daughter, but the relationship is estranged and we are not even looking any longer.

We will finally come to our senses, but it isn’t that easy.  “With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the Lord, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them”.  Once we lose our way, returning to right relationship requires some big changes.  We need to repent of our sin, and turn the other way back to God.  But God wants more than just a recognition that we have messed up and need Him.  He is not ready to just become a genie for us when we are in trouble.  He wants relationship.  He wants a committed heart.

Hosea tells it this way: “I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me”.  God doesn’t go anywhere, but He also isn’t going to keep on in a relationship where we put other things ahead of Him and have idols that get our time and attention.  God wants us to turn around – to admit we are wrong, to turn and go the right way, and to truly seek His face, not just His hands.  We often just run to God when we need something.  God isn’t into meeting our needs.  He wants us to ‘earnestly seek’ Him.  He requires us to do that if we want to get back to Him.

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