“And they have played the harlot, departing from their God.” Hosea 4:12
When we think about what is important in our friendships and relationships, words like “honest”, “trustworthy”, and “faithful” come to mind. We empathize with the bitter complaints of those who have experienced the pain of a cheater. How many of us would ever condone or praise the acts of those who are unfaithful?
We shake our heads at the twisted love stories found in Hollywood, not realizing that we do the same thing every day.
The Old Testament is riddled with what seems to be endless stories of the Israelites setting their priorities wrong. As I spend time in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, and Hosea, I'm struck by the similarities between our attitude toward God, and theirs. A common thread runs through each of the books which unites more than just their timeline. Despite being a nation of God’s chosen people, the Israelites exhibit a generational pattern of kings who rise and fall with their choices to pursue the world.
Time after time, God calls out through His prophets, beckoning His bride to turn to Him. Time after time, altars are built to serve false gods.
Most strongly through the prophet Hosea, God speaks to Israel and likens them to a harlot, an adulterer, a cheater. He loves Israel, but that love is thrown to the wayside and ignored as they pursue their idols.
In essence? Idolatry = adultery.
If we as the church are the bride of Christ, anything that we devote ourselves to above Him is adultery. As His bride, shouldn't we do anything to spend time with Him, to hear His voice? Are we committing adultery with the world?
The amazing part? God doesn’t react to me as a spurned lover and turn away. He patiently waits with open arms and forgiveness. His grace is sufficient, and my prayer is that He would be my everything.
God in my living, there in my breathingGod in my waking, God in my sleepingGod in my resting, there in my workingGod in my thinking, God in my speakingBe my everything, be my everythingBe my everything, be my everythingGod in my hoping, there in my dreamingGod in my watching, God in my waitingGod in my laughing, there in my weepingGod in my hurting, God in my healingChrist in me, Christ in meChrist in me the hope of gloryYou are everything