Hosea 2: 5a-8
"She said, "I will go after my lovers,
who give me food and my water,
my wool and linen, my oil and my drink.
Therefore I will block her path in thornbushes;
I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them.
Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first,
for then I was better off than now.'
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 used for Baal...
like Hosea's wife and the Israelites, i have been a spiritual adulterer.
(gulp, those words are hard to swallow).
i have given myself over to something other than God.
i have gone after it, seeking to find my sustenance in it (my worthiness and purpose).
i have been romancing it (something other than a kidney stone, which yes, i still have); prettying myself up for it emotionally and spiritually, persuading it to delight in me.
i have chased after it, and have been FIXATED on it.
i have been cheating on God... with the church.
i made the church my idol.
the church has been what my identity is found in, and what i've lived for.
ANYTHING can become our idol if we are not cautious; worship, church leadership, motherhood, a job/purpose, education, blog, facebook, self-image, money... (these come to mind because they are what i struggle with most).
thankfully our God is a jealous God who wants us entirely for himself.
Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will speak tenderly to her.
Hosea 2:16 and19-21
"In that day," declares the Lord, you will call me husband... I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness,
and you will acknowledge the Lord."
Have you ever cheated on God?
our church's steeple- photographed by michael.