We are Hosea’s Wife…

I started reading the book of Hosea yesterday as part of a devotional on youversion.  (She Reads Truth)  Yesterday I read chapter 1, today chapter 2.  I feel like I could spend weeks just studying chapter 2.  Obviously, we are Gomer – pursued by the Lord… but unfaithful and too caught up in the things of the world to surrender to Him.

The entire chapter is so good, but I went through and selected the specific verses that spoke to me.  It’s so beautiful!

“She doesn’t realize it was I who gave her everything she has—
the grain, the new wine, the olive oil;
I even gave her silver and gold.
But she gave all my gifts to Baal.
I will strip her naked in public,
while all her lovers look on.
No one will be able
to rescue her from my hands.
I will punish her for all those times
when she burned incense to her images of Baal,
when she put on her earrings and jewels
and went out to look for her lovers
but forgot all about me,”
says the Lord.
“But then I will win her back once again.
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her there.
I will return her vineyards to her
and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.
She will give herself to me there,
as she did long ago when she was young,
when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.
When that day comes,” says the Lord,
“you will call me ‘my husband’
instead of ‘my master.’
I will make you my wife forever,
showing you righteousness and justice,
unfailing love and compassion.
I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
and you will finally know me as the Lord.”
(Hosea 2:8, 10, 13-16, 19, 20 NLT)

 

We are Gomer.
We are unfaithful.
We sell the gifts God gave us for our own personal gain.
We dress up for the world.

But He wins us back.
He shows us righteousness and justice.
He gives us unfailing love and compassion.
He makes us His own so that we can know Him.

Hosea’s Wife, by Brooke Fraser…

And here is a great blog explaining more about the life of Gomer and how we relate to her:  http://facultyblog.eternitybiblecollege.com/2012/04/meet-gomer/

“What He Said” Wednesday: Didn’t You Know?

On Wednesdays, I’m going to try to take something Jesus said and write about it.  I’ve been busy with work, kids, church, and band practice today… but I still have 30 min left in my Wednesday, so let’s do this!!!

Let’s start with Luke 2:41-52:

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”

“But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  But they didn’t understand what he meant.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

First of all, every. single. time. I read this, I’m amazed that it took Mary and Joseph so long to realize Jesus was missing!  It really makes you stop and think about how different life was back then.  Raising kids was a community effort.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say Mary & Joseph were pretty good parents.  (God wouldn’t entrust His only son to just ANYONE, now would He???)  And yet, on the long walk from Jerusalem to Nazareth, they never once checked on their son.  And it took them THREE DAYS to find him.  I can’t even imagine the grief they were going through!

Hmmmm, 3 days…

Believe me, I’m not pointing any fingers here – just recently, we lost Lincoln – TWICE – at  Six Flags in Texas.  But that’s another story for another time!

My real focus here is how Jesus responded to his parents.  For 3 days he was separated from them – no cell, no email, no way to communicate to let them know he was ok… and yet his response was “Why did you even need to search?  Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  He was basically saying “Hello!  Do you even know me???”

Jesus was 12.  He was fully God and yet fully human.  What a conundrum!  The God part of Him needed to be in the temple, being about His Father’s business.  The human part of Him should’ve told his parents he was staying behind.  I love how it says that – once they found him! – he went home with them and was obedient.  Yes, He was the son of God, but He still had to mind his mama!  THEN, after obeying, He grew in stature and wisdom and favor with God and everyone.

Again, I believe Mary & Joseph were good parents… but DID they really know their child?  Were they able to fully comprehend the responsibility they had been assigned?  Like most parents, I think not… until they were reminded.  “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  

My friend Mary just wrote an EXCELLENT, convicting, inspiring blog about the uniqueness of each child, and how the Holy Spirit can help us do what’s best for them.  I urge you to take the time to read it:  Here.  After reading (my friend) Mary’s blog and then reading this passage, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it might’ve been like to be the mother of Jesus.  Did he get discouraged?  Was he a typical tween?  (Please. Jesus wasn’t a typical anything!)  Did Mary (mom of JC) have to give Jesus pep-talks?  Give him the “look” if he was talking during synagogue?  My kids think they know everything  – can you imagine raising the child that actually DID?  Haha.  You get the picture.

As I ponder all of these things, I know I need help from the Holy Spirit in order to help my kids achieve their full potential in Christ.  I have good kids and I’m thankful for that, but I need wisdom in how to parent each of them as unique individuals.

Lord, help me to fully know each of my kids in such a way that I might better guide them to a life of following You!  Amen.

P.S.  I finally finished at 12:30 a.m. (and then just went back and edited/added because I’m compulsive like that!!!) I’m sure I’ll be able to plan ahead better as the weeks go on and not be scrambling to finish this – although Wednesdays are very hectic so I’m not entirely sure WHY I picked Wednesdays as my day to do this.  In light of that, I may only do this every other Wednesday.  Or just switch to another day of the week.  Just depends.  We’ll see!