Excuse me for failing to blog for several months. I need to publicly repent for my attitude towards God lately.
The thing that bothers me about cultural Christianity these days, is that people want to live their own life and turn to God when it’s not going so well. One time, a girl I knew (who has declared that she doesn’t really believe in God) was going through a hard time and told me to keep her in her prayers. It is cool to say “I’ll keep you in my prayers” or ask that of others, but it’s not cool to live a life wholly surrendered to God and His ways. Some even find it reasonable to believe that they can live their life any kind of way and then simply believe that “everything happens for a reason.” Or even try to attribute it to “God’s plan.”
Hate to be brutally honest, but sometimes things happen because we made bad choices. Other times things happen because other people made bad choices. Even when we are innocent of those bad choices, we live in a fallen world which affects us. This is the state we are in, from the fall of Adam. Regardless of that, God is still sovereign. And even when things aren’t going our way, we are to come into His perfect ways. Alignment with Him, even in the not so pretty glimpses of life, is our calling.
One of the minor prophets that continues to reveal God’s heart toward His people is Hosea. I can never feel lukewarm about my faith after really plowing into this book. Much earlier in this blog, I wrote about Hosea 11, but in this post, I want to look at Hosea 2.
The verse that gets me every time is, “She will chase after other lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them …” (Hosea 2:7)
I know that I often resort to means outside of God to cope with my own brokenness. But when I reach the end of my own means, I find myself even more broken than before. So I reach the point where the bride says, “…I will go back to my husband as at first,
for then I was better off than now” (2:7).
So we have to remember that it was HE who gave us the grain, the new wine and oil, lavished on us the very treasure that we waste on our idols.
I don’t know coherently I’ve gathered this post. This is just an outpouring of my heart. God I repent for wanting my ways, no matter the cost. I choose Your way along with the cost. Because the cost was paid by Jesus’ death on the cross.