Scripture: Hosea 1.
(What is God saying here?)
Hosea 1:6-7 (NLT)
6 Soon Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to Hosea, “Name your daughter Lo-ruhamah—’Not loved’—for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them.
7 But I will show love to the people of Judah. I will free them from their enemies—not with weapons and armies or horses and charioteers, but by my power as the LORD their God.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
I’m not sure how others feel, but there is such disharmony when a member of our household gives reason for the rest of the household to be upset at them. But let’s take this to the church level. Imagine the uproar when a church become upset at a member or a family because of the shame brought on by their sin. Imagine how a church may even sever ties with the individual or family because of the shame and disgrace brought upon the church. Now imagine for a moment how the city or county officials would feel when shame is brought upon it by one of its prominent citizens – personal or corporate. The officials may bring fines against them or may ban their tax exemption or something even worse. Now suppose that a scandal is about to break nationally, or even internationally about this incident that began with just one family member of a little church in little Avon Park, and imagine if sanctions were brought against our country, or our state, or our city or upon our little church. All of this will make us feel awful, but imagine how upset God would be at us in seeing such sin and disregard occurring, especially if it all began with an individual claiming to be committed to God. You see friend, God loves us with such compassion, as He did the Israelites, that He sacrificed His one and only Son to die a cruel death on a cross, so that we may have a way for forgiveness of our sin. If we were found totally disregarding His love and the advice and direction given in His Word, don’t you think that He would feel unappreciated and totally ready to turn His back on us or perhaps bring damnation on us? Now to many, ‘us’ may be considered as the one who started the sin. That’s not what happened in the book of Hosea. God expects the church to be the church and resolve its issues in a manner detailed in the Bible. He expects us to elect Godly city and county leaders who would also work at resolving issues in a Godly way, and the same at the national level. When all these folk fail, God is ready to pour His anger upon the whole bunch of us, like He did the Israelites. Are we a people, a church, a city/county/nation that looks into the Word of God and considered to be operating under God’s commands? A breakdown in this could begin with just one of us, but could affect a whole nation like it did the Israelites. During this time in our calendar, there are high stress levels and weakened emotions. It is so important that we stay strong in the Lord. Seek His face and know His will for our lives so that we may be a part of the solution to life’s challenges by ourselves, our friends, neighbors, church members and citizens. In other words, let the church be the church!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, I humbly ask that You forgive me where I have failed You or failed in any leadership role that I have held. Please help me to always seek after Your will and follow Your commands so that there may be Godly resolutions to life’s problems for myself, my family, my church and all levels above that. I acknowledge that only You can give this kind of direction and power, so I beg You to work constantly in my life that I may be more like You every day.
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