Hosea 7 points out one of the issues we have as people – a short memory. God doesn’t suffer from that at all. In fact, sin is never forgotten. “They do not consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds are all around them; They are before My face”. The problem among the people and leaders of Israel was they forgot – willfully – that the Lord saw and remembered their sin. We often deliberately forget that the Lord sees and remembers when we sin too. It may be secret before men, but not before God.
We tend to want to believe that God will somehow just overlook our sin. But He can’t. His nature doesn’t allow that. So we need to ask ourselves some difficult questions. Do you think God doesn’t see? Do you think God is blind to your adultery or pre-marital sex? Do you think your pornography habit goes unnoticed? Do you think God’s eyes are closed when you get drunk or take drugs? There are many church-going people today who sit in a pew on Saturday night or Sunday morning and think that God forgets or never sees such things, because they do them and then they come to church and make a profession of godliness, pretending that those things are never part of their life. It doesn’t work like that.
Sin can only be forgiven through the shedding of blood. And since we don’t have the sacrificial system like they did in the Old Testament – we’re down to one option – well actually two.
- Live a life without sin and walk in perfect obedience to God and His commandments. (Scripture tells us that is not going to happen for anyone)
- Receive forgiveness through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Confess, repent, receive and believe in His shed blood as the only forgiveness of sin.
That’s the only answer to our sin problem. Only the atoning substitute of Jesus, crucified in our place under the New Covenant makes God forget our sin.
Sin is a real problem for all of us. “For their hearts are like an oven As they approach their plotting”. In Hosea’s time, they were inflamed with desire around idols. But we all face a number of things that derail our walk with God too. Sin never ends well for anyone. “Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me”. God’s desire is always restoration and forgiveness. But it requires us to come back to him through confession, repentance and receiving the gift of grace He freely offers us through Jesus Christ. We’re no different than God’s people in Hosea’s time. Sin will cost us everything if we don’t deal with it!