October 31, 2018

Hosea 6:1 (NLT) — 1 “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds.

Talk about a shallow repentance. These people were not sorry for what they had done, they were sorry that they got caught. I know this because there is no mention of the sin that brought the suffering on them. They had no intention of returning to the Lord. Oh they may return to church, or a bible study or return to praying before meals, but they certainly had no intention of returning their allegiance to a personal, loving God. That would mean that they would have to turn away from the sins that they loved so much and have a lifestyle change.

To them God wasn’t personal at all. They took Him for granted that if they went through the motions he would forgive and bless like he always did. He was just a cosmic vending machine where you put in your dollar > attend church, pray before meals, put money in the offering plate, volunteer to usher, host a bible study, say all the right things, quote a few bible verses, vote pro life < then press the buttons on the machine > reminding God of His promises < and out comes what you want. No need to change your lifestyle for a vending machine.

How do I know this is what was happening? Look at what God says in verse 4.

Hosea 6:4 (NLT) — 4 “O Israel and Judah, what should I do with you?” asks the Lord. “For your love vanishes like the morning mist and disappears like dew in the sunlight.

They had no love for God because after all do you really love a vending machine! As soon as they didn’t get what they wanted in life, after putting in their money, their love vanished and they banged on the machine.

So I ask myself, “Am I just going through the motions in my Christianity? Do I really love the Lord? Do I hate sin like He does. Does my sin grieve me enough that I truly do turn away from it? Does my love for the Lord diminish or increase when I don’t get what I want? When things aren’t going my way do I continue going God’s way with joy and enthusiasm?” When facing temptation does my love for God vanish and disappear?

I will make a difference in my home, my church and my community when I quit living a vending machine lifestyle. You?

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