The Alluring Affliction

14 10 2010

Hosea 6:1,2 “Come, let us return to the Lord.  He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.  After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.”

One word: WOW

If we are not what we are supposed to be, we will feel what we were never intended to feel.  There is such a euphoric pain in those two verses.  A pain that shatters a soften heart.  And it has been owning me in the most relieving gut-wrenching way possible. 

I am not what I want to be, I am certainly not what God desires me to be.  I am spiritually out of shape and Hosea is my spiritual Shawn T.  I have felt sluggish, I have felt drained, and I have felt deceased.  I have created and I have allowed gods to come into my life and use me up giving me little in return.  I have built a fortress around my heart that God has determined to destroy.  I have set myself as King treating God as my advisor and God has shown me He is King and I am but a servant. 

God has torn apart my current paradigm, he has torn me apart, but he will not leave me dismembered.  He will heal me, He will bind up my wounds, and He will restore me.  It is not God’s desire that I should have gone through this pain but It is less of God’s desire to leave me in my sin!  And this is what keeps me coming back for more,  a love that will never give up on you, a love that will never betray you, a love that will never be found wanting.

What god, idol, sin have you set up in place of God?

Do you feel torn apart?

What is keeping you from returning to God?

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