I hope it’s never said of me that I “rejected what is good.” That’s what Hosea 8:3 says about God’s people. The rest of the chapter is more detail about the same idea. It’s heartbreaking. The reality, though, is that describes me all too well. That’s where my sinful heart takes me when I don’t yield to the Holy Spirit. Hosea is documenting what we are like in our relationship with God.
What does Hosea’s overall story do to your heart? For me, it makes me thankful for grace. God has given me far too much in Christ, far more than I ever could imagine. Even when I stray, when I lust, when I get greedy, when I choose idols over Him, He welcomes me back into His arms. He seats me at His table. That’s the beauty of the gospel.
This chapter also convicts me. The Lord has set us apart. I need to pursue a holy life (Galatians 5, 1 Corinthians 13, Colossians 3) that is marked by gospel transformation (Romans 6:1-3, Romans 8:1-2). As our Lead Pastor, Tim Parsons, often says, “Holiness and grace are two sides of the same coin.” When we understand grace, we chase after righteousness rather than giving in to more and more sin.
That’s my 2¢ today… but what did God teach you? Share in the comments section below. Blessings, CPC!
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor