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“They have forsaken the Lord:

They have spurned the Holy One of Israel and

have turned their backs on Him.

Why should you be beaten anymore?

Why do you persist in rebellion?

Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.

From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness –

only wounds and welts and open sores,

not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.”

Isaiah 1:4-6

God has shown me my own stubbornness (Hosea 4:16).  Pursuing my own path led me nowhere.  When I got to a dead-end, I just chose a different path instead of turning to God.  I didn’t realize how much time I was wasting with my behavior.  My hair was sprinkled with gray, and I didn’t notice (7:9).  Stubbornly doing my own thing is ultimately self-destructive.  It also pains God to see me acting this way.

The book of Hosea is a marvel to me.  At first, I couldn’t get past the fact that God ordered one of his prophets to marry an unfaithful woman.  Finally, I was able to get deeper into the message.  The more I read, the sadder I got.  God talks a lot about His anger.  Beneath the anger, I also get a sense of hurt.  God is angry about Israel’s betrayal, but also hurt to see his child continuously hitting its own head against the wall; getting bloodied, but refusing to allow God to clean and bandage the wounds, and soothe them with oil.  He says that, “When Israel was a child, I loved him” and “It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms” (11:1 & 3).  I also get that it hurts God to have to punish us.  “How can I give you up, Ephraim?  How can I hand you over, Israel?” (11:8).   It’s painful to parent a wayward child.

Years ago, my pastor said that it was okay for us to tell God about our hurts and frustrations.  However, I’m also realizing that God is also lamenting to us about our own behavior.  My word of wisdom today is re-think.  My Bible study leader explained that to repent means to re-think.  If our own plans are not getting us anywhere, it’s time to turn to God.

 “… how often I have longed to gather your children together,

as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,

but you were not willing!”

Luke 13:34


BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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