Archive for April 17th, 2016

Trouble’s Intent

I found this passage in Hosea that I think speaks to our day. In spite of all the good that we are still experiencing in our country, still overall, I believe there is something lacking. I believe these words are as descriptive as I have seen in a while.

To the wayward nation of Israel, God, through the prophet Hosea said this:

“I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.

She will chase after her lovers but not catch them.

She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold – which they misused.

Therefore I will take away.”

Pockets of bounty still exist — as it did in the day these words were first uttered. Still, the words fit. We are walled in so that we cannot find our way. Our bounty has distracted us. We have forgotten God and efforts abound to remove him from our memory.

God says later, “I will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope”. Achor means trouble. Without a doubt there is trouble. The hope in it though – God’s hope – is that we will remember and say, “I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.”

How hard will it have to get before we reach that point?

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