031305 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Hosea 10:7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off
Like a twig on the water.
8 Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel,
Shall be destroyed.
The thorn and thistle shall grow on their altars;
They shall say to the mountains, “Cover us!”
And to the hills, “Fall on us!”
I can’t understand why it is that at every level of life it seems that the people who ascend to critical positions of leadership (and I shamefully must include myself among that lot) are all too often wholly unqualified to assume those roles. Throughout Scripture both Old and New Testament the testing of leaders has shown them everyone unable to follow the commands and will of God, choosing instead to pander to the moaning and groaning of the people and forming alliances which do not benefit in the long run but may perhaps provide a scapegoat when everything comes crashing down.
The prophecy of Hosea can be quite daunting. Everyone I’ve ever heard preach from that writing has looked at the man and wrestled with the oddity of his life. However, if you took the time to learn what God was talking about you would learn of the imminent demise of the so-called Northern Kingdom and the idolatry of the golden calf, and the weakness of their appointed king Jeroboam. The place and tribe names can be confusing without study of the whole of Scripture, but since we have a lifetime to learn wouldn’t it be wise to invest ourselves in such a strong foundation of truth?
It would be quite easy to despair at this point and agree with many that humanity is a failed experiment and the sooner we’re gone the better. But, before you go there; there was one man, and following Him there were twelve, and after them another who, visited by the Holy Spirit began the transformation of the world. “What’s the difference?” you ask. Perhaps the answer can be found in the book of James. He writes, James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Wishing everyone a blessed, safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving.