God will not be mocked and we will reap what we sow. It’s time to check ourselves against the holiness and faithfulness of the Holy God of the universe. Sometimes we think that we can do what we want without consequence. We have another thing coming…
1 Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
because the Lord has a charge to bring
against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
no acknowledgment of God in the land.
2 There is only cursing, lying and murder,
stealing and adultery;
they break all bounds,
and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Because of this the land dries up,
and all who live in it waste away;
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea are swept away.
12 My people consult a wooden idol,
and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.
A spirit of prostitution leads them astray;
they are unfaithful to their God.
14 “I will not punish your daughters
when they turn to prostitution,
nor your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
because the men themselves consort with harlots
and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes—
a people without understanding will come to ruin!
Hosea 4:1-3, 12, 14
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:18, 21-23
There are consequences to sin. As God’s people, we sometimes think that we are above the law or that we can get away with liberties that God does not offer us. A cavalier attitude toward God and his holiness puts us in the risky situation of testing our Maker.
In the time of Hosea, Israel was doing this: not only were the women turning to prostitution and adultery, the men were consorting with harlots and shrine prostitutes. God’s answer: “a people without understanding will come to ruin!”
Their consequences were that God stopped blessing their land. God withheld his provision from them because they turned to the idols of their neighbours and their own lusts and passions over God.
This is reminiscent of Romans 1 when the wrath of God is revealed against all godlessness and wickedness. People suppress truth by their wickedness. Isn’t that the truth? Even though people (we) know God, we neither glorify him nor give thanks to him in our behaviour.
Check your behaviour. Check your pursuits. Check your interaction with God and what you say about him and to him. Are you bringing glory to God, or are you trying to include him in your wanton sin and self-centredness?
God will not be mocked and we will reap what we sow. It’s time to check ourselves against the holiness and faithfulness of the Holy God of the universe.