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The Lord said to me “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes” (Hosea 3:1)
Question for Reflection: We live in a culture that tends to mute any talk of God. How can we speak of our passions in a way that demonstrates our first love is God?
When the Bible points out Gomer’s love for “sacred raisin cakes”, it’s making a point of how silly this comes across. It’s a bit like a child who’s given a top of the range scooter for her birthday but is more enchanted by the box it came in than the gift itself. It misses the point completely and we can think to ourselves “I get it. I know how great God is” or “Of course I love God more than my raisins cakes” but upon careful reflection, we see how it rings uncomfortably true for us.
In the age of self-branding, we can cleverly curate our Instagram and Facebook feeds to give others an indication of the things we ascribe value to, telling our followers something about who we are, how we want to be perceived and what we care about.
When the weather is as good as it is in London at the moment, there are so many things which are snap-worthy. For example, I enjoy my food, I enjoy taking pictures of food. I enjoy discovering new places to eat and I can be quick to tell others of the new and upcoming restaurants in my area.
Through this daily drip, I notice how I can pay a disproportionate amount of attention to small things and subconsciously show others how I assign greater worth to ordinary things like “raisin cakes” than the truthfulness of the truly extraordinary supernatural God and thus we can be like Gomer who “turns to other gods”
God has given us ordinary things for our enjoyment but if we derive more meaning from them than the one that created it all, we can discredit God. A heart that sees first the beauty of God in everything can take pleasure in the small tokens in life and appreciate God because He created it all for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17).
We can enjoy eating “raisin cakes”, drinking craft beers and watching the World cup but do we want to be famous for these things? We understand the material things satisfy for a short while. There is a glorious truth and firm eternal hope found in Jesus, he is the radiance of the Glory of God (Hebrews 1:3). We can boast about worthier and superior things (Galatians 6:14) because the world needs it.
This snippet is adapated and taken from Day 5 of the Hosea Devotional…
Photograph by Igor Miske
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