"I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.
Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. Hosea 14:1, 4, 9
As I finish the last chapter of the book of Hosea my heart is burdened.. My heart is burdened because of my sins against God, sins of harlotry, and unfaithfulness. My heart so easily wanders after other things, other “lovers”. My heart can quickly get caught up in seeking worldly goals and values. My heart can even run after things that seem good, and yet anything or anyone that becomes more important to me than God is idolatry.
I heard a mother say recently that her life just wasn’t the same since her daughter went off to college. They did everything together and have a very close relationship, but now she just lives for the day the daughter calls, writes, or comes home on break. Please hear my heart, having a close relationship with a child is not sin, but when our well being, our joy, our life revolves around them – we might want to look at whether or not it has become unhealthy – an idol.
We can do the same thing with a husband, friend, career, status and so on. When we look to anything apart from God then we are playing the role of the harlot. We have become unfaithful to God. I need to search my heart, my motives and where the fulfillment of joy comes from. Anything other than God is sin even if that ‘thing’ is good. Understand I am talking about putting other things before God, of course we can find great joy in our family and friends, but if it is your source of all joy, if they are where you run to find satisfaction, then it becomes dangerously close to becoming an idol of your heart.
I’ve had to look real close at my heart over these last few weeks and ask myself some hard questions. Is there anything in my life that is more important than my relationship with God? Who do I run to first when I have problem? When I am down or feeling sad where do I go or what do I do in order to “feel” better? What is the driving passion behind all I do?
I am reminded that I need to return to the Lord on a daily basis and allow Him to purify my heart, my motives, goals, dreams and passions. If I have not surrendered daily to God, if I have not aligned myself with Gods heart, then I will never seek to walk in righteousness. I can never assume that I will just make the right choices, follow the right path, even though I love God and am in His Word. It is a daily turning over of my will, my choices and desires and asking God to help me walk with Him moment by moment.