This post is all about the 13th chapter of Hosea. At first glance, I couldn’t help but think how harsh and angry this chapter sounded. Personally, it can be difficult for me to understand the nature of God in the process of reading the New and Old Testament. There are pieces of the Bible that confuse me on the nature of our Lord. Most of the New Testament speaks on the kindness, goodness, mercy and love of God. However, I always feel a little conflicted when I go to the Old Testament. It seems that God is angry and full of wrath.
I would like to start by saying that it is okay to ponder, question and seek answers to these questions. God created us to be seekers. He put our minds together in such a way that we would have the desire to know more. I used to keep my questions to myself because I thought it was wrong to think on anything other than what I learned at church. This is not true. I encourage you all to keep seeking, digging and finding answers. The longing desire to know more is God drawing us deeper into connection with Him.
Hosea 13:1 “When the tribe of Ephraim spoke, the people shook with fear, for that tribe was important in Israel. But that tribe was important in Israel. But the people of Ephraim sinned by worshiping Baal and thus sealed their destruction. Now they continue to sin by making silver idols, images shaped skillfully with human hands.”
Israel did not receive God’s blessings when they worshiped idols, yet they continued to do it. I must ask myself why they would worship an inanimate object. This sounds laughable, but I’m afraid it is something we can all relate to. I believe they were chasing a feeling. They wanted to feel connection, value, and worth so they continued to dishonor God. We often do things in our lives simply for the feeling, and then have to deal with the condemnation, shame and regret of our actions.
I have my full fair share of misdoings, things I wish I hadn’t done and knew were wrong. Thankfully, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Though we are not willed to understand all that God is at this time, we can be sure that a God who sent His one and only Son down to earth to die for all of our sins, must have quite a bit of love inside of Him.
My encouragement for you as you go about your day today is to rest in this. God is greater than any feeling you can obtain from a temporary, fleeting, and momentary thing on earth. Keep seeking, keep knocking, keep asking. You’re on the right track and He promises that the door will be opened and you will find Him when you seek Him with your whole heart.
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