Praise the Lord who changes things (Hosea 1-3)

And there I will give her her vineyards
    and make the Valley of Achor[j] a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
    as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt. Hosea 2:15

Are you in need of a change in your life?  This morning I read the post of a desperate mother who cried out to God for a change in her son’s physical condition.  Her cries led me to join her in praying to the God who changes things.   This morning the Lord also led me to pray for whoever needs God to change things.

In the days of the prophet Hosea, God was going to change things.  You ask, why did the people of God need a change?

  • Israel was committing spiritual adultery with the gods of the world, 1:2.
  • Israel was about to be taken into captivity, 1:4.

The prophet of God was called to illustrate Israel’s sin by taking to himself a wife who was a prostitute.  Hosea marries Gomer whose heart was still bent on prostitution.  She gave birth to three children who were given names to illustrate how Israel had walked away from God and how she was headed to judgment because God’s mercy had ended.  It was now time for judgment.

I cannot imagine Hosea’s world. Day after day living with a practicing prostitute.  His love for Gomer was real and her wondering heart did not change.  If you read the book of Hosea you know she leaves him and God says, go and get her.  In love he goes and gets her as an illustration of God’s love for Israel.

Brothers and sisters this twisted story illustrates two things:

  • The awfulness of sin.
  • The mercy of God.

I want you to know that God can turn awful moments into amazing miracles.  We see a reference to this in chapter 2:15 when God says:    

and make the Valley of Achor[j] a door of hope.

The Valley of Achor was known as the valley of trouble.  It was given this name in Joshua’s day.  This was the place where Achan (Joshua 7:24-26) was stoned along with his family for Achan’s sin.  R.C. Sproul comments:

“In the very place associated with sin and death, God says He will transform it into a door of hope,” Cited from Pg. 1240, Reformation Study Bible, 2005.

Brothers and sisters, sometime God has to take us through a tough place to turn our attention toward him.  At times God has to take those we love into deep valley’s before they will look to Him.

Today, you have two choices:

  1. You can allow this troubled waters to lead you to a valley of Hell called-bitterness, doubt, fear, discouragement, and hurt.
  2. You can take control of troubled waters by faith in seeing your valley become a place of hope.

I know my God changes things!!!

 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Know, I am praying for you!!!

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