Reaping the whirlwind!
Scripture reading for September 8th: Hosea 7-8
“Woe to them, because they have strayed from Me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies against Me. They do not cry to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from Me.” Hosea 7:13-14
“They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 8:7
God longed to redeem His people but they continually rebelled against Him. Thieves broke into houses and bandits robbed on the streets. The land was full of adulterers and the princes were drunk on wine. They spoke evil of their rulers and did not call on the Lord. They were arrogant and unresponsive as they went about their business of sinning.
On top of all the usual sins, they chose their leaders without the consent of the Lord! They cried out to the Lord as if they wanted to know Him, but their hearts were far from Him! Hosea stated that Ephraim had built many altars for sin offerings but they became altars for sinning! (Hosea 8:11) God had given them His law but they rejected it by choice. God had no choice but to send fire of judgment on their cities. (Hosea 8:14)
As we read these sad words, we think about the church in America. Many who name the name of Christ are involved in adultery with those who are not their married partners. They watch every sort of perversion and go to church on Sunday without ever asking God for mercy. They choose their rulers without ever consulting God or His Holy Word to find out if He would approve of their moral conduct and political decisions. With their lips they acknowledge God, but their hearts are far from Him! Some claim to love God and yet get drunk or high on drugs regularly. Others lie, cheat and do violence with gossip, yet claim a relationship with God.
God loves us. Just as Hosea took back his adulterous wife, God will take us back. We must not just cry on our beds, but honestly take responsibility for what we have done and turn to Him for mercy. If we want to avoid the whirlwind, we must stop sowing the wind!