“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. (Hosea 11: 1,2)
Even when we are being a “child,” God already loves us and reveals to us our shortcomings. Takes us out of “Egypt,” that is, from the suffering that we live in, and makes us rest in His arms. But many times we want to leave, longing to do our will. And we are far from Him, as a child gets lost from his father in a crowd, trying to find a way out, a direction…
In fact, it was us who provoked the separation, causing pain to our own selves. Consciously we put ourselves, through our own choices, out of His grace.
Isn’t the same when you try to help a daughter o son who doesn’t want to listen? When you try to guide someone who doesn’t want to hear your good advice?
“Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them…” (Hosea 11: 5)
When we don’t place God as Father, through our obedience, we automatically give place to another “king” to rule in our lives. Whether it is “Pharaoh”, the king of Assyria, the Philistines, which represent the oppressing spirits who rule this world, causing all kinds of suffering. There is no middle ground; there is no “more or less” … There are only two kingdoms: God or darkness.
From the moment we don’t allow God to reign, we leave the “door” open for “anyone” to take possession of our lives, control our wills and exercise dominion over our “earth”, that is—our home, our family, our household. Just as the Bible states, that the blessing of one meant the blessing for the next generations… But the opposite also brought its consequences.
“My people are determined to turn from me… (Hosea 11: 7)
There is a human tendency to separate from God, even being fragile and dependent creatures—Whereas God always seeks conciliation. But who will hear Him?! Could it be that you are willing to hear Him at this moment?
Life is a constant battle between thoughts, attitudes, choices, struggles, problems, trials… And all these situations can serve to get close to God or distance ourselves. The choice is always ours…
But one thing is certain and unchangeable: God visits our “dwelling-place” when we cling to Him with sincerity, when we cry for help.
He is a Father, as you are a mother; as you zeal and care for your children, like no one does!
So even if you have distanced yourself, and even if you haven’t talked to God for a long time, do it now! Realize that He is there, very close, attentive to your tears and longing to hear your clamor. Wouldn’t you attend your children if they honestly cried out for help?!
“How can I hand you over, Israel? (…) My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, (…) For I am God, and not a man—the Holy One among you. (Hosea 11: 8,9)
There is no impossible for God, but make your decision while there is time. Today is the time