Today’s Thoughts – 25 January 2022
Plead with your mother, plead: For she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: Let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, And her adulteries from between her breasts; Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, And make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, And slay her with thirst. And I will not have mercy upon her children; For they be the children of whoredoms. For their mother hath played the harlot: She that conceived them hath done shamefully:
In these verses, we see a plead that is going out to Gomer. The plea is coming from the children who have been asked to intervene. Gomer has returned to her prostitution and whoredom.
But God is applying Gomer’s sin to the nation of Israel here. And we must examine ourselves for the same sin of unfaithfulness to Christ. We must plead with ourselves to root out our unfaithfulness to Him.
Yet, through this all, Hosea still loved Gomer even after she returned to her sin. This is much like our loving Father. He still loves us when we return to our sins.
The Bible gives us passage after passage telling us how much God loves us (John 3:16) and how much God is love (1 John 4:8). However, that doesn’t mean that God can condone sin. He is holy and cannot fellowship with darkness (1 John 1:5).
We see here the ultimate sin of unfaithfulness. We see Gomer’s unfaithfulness to her husband Hosea, we see the nation of Israel’s unfaithfulness to God, and we may even see our unfaithfulness to God.
The greatest sin is unfaithfulness to God who has redeemed you and who loves you. There is no sin greater than that, my friend.
This unfaithfulness was due to idolatry in the nation of Israel. They were worshipping false gods instead of the one true God. This often involved illicit activity and prostitutes which ties into Gomer and her sin of prostitution.
We may not physically bow down to an idol or go a whoring ourselves each day. But spiritually, how is our relationship with Jesus Christ? Are we putting something in place of God or more important than God in our lives?
This causes us to be unfaithful to God. Going to church on Sunday mornings and living like the world the rest of the week is not faithfulness to God. Faithfulness to God is putting Him first in our lives – above all other people, places, and things.
If we put something of this world higher than God, we can become spiritual prostitutes which can result in shamefulness.
We must be careful not to love the world, be friendly with the world, become spotted by the world, or conform to the world.
Verses for reference: 1 John 2:15-17, James 4:4, James 1:27, Romans 12:2
Let us head the lesson here – keep God first in our lives, above all others. Let us be found faithful in His sight. And not be spiritual prostitutes in our lives.