Sunday, August 11, 2013

Perspectives: Treacherous bow

Hosea 7:11 (NKJV)
Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense—
They call to Egypt,
They go to Assyria.

[12] Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will chastise them

According to what their congregation has heard.
[13] “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
Because they have transgressed against Me!
Though I redeemed them,
Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
[14] They did not cry out to Me with their heart
When they wailed upon their beds.

“They assemble together for grain and new wine,
They rebel against Me;
[15] Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me;
[16] They return, but not to the Most High;
They are like a treacherous bow.

Their princes shall fall by the sword
For the cursings of their tongue.
This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt."

I think sometimes we just don't take the time to reflect on the depth and seriousness of what He has called us to.  We know that apart from Jesus, the vine we can do nothing and that performing miracles may still make us workers of lawlessness unless we as Jesus only do what we see the Father doing. When we do accomplish great things, our response should be that we are humble servants doing what our Master asked. Granted, He does want us to be friends so that we actually know what He is doing, but we can do His will without knowing what He's doing.

What God is doing is not just limited to us, God's plan is to fill the whole earth with His glory, that all the nations will be Jesus' inheritance. It's a grand plan of which we are part of.

When we go down to Egypt for supplies instead of coming to Him, when we have a plan B for our needs, we're the silly dove. The things that are going wrong in our life may not be Satan's assault, they may just be God's jealous love casting a net and bringing us down to return to Him. God disciplines those He loves, therefore repent from your sin so that He won't have to discipline you (Rev 3:19). We must come to a place where He is the only answer. God specifically told the Israelites that they would never return to Egypt where Egypt is symbolic of the world, it's governments, provisions and strength. When we were saved, we were told never to return to Egypt, never to depend on the world, never to rely on government, no we  lift up our eyes to the hills, but our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121).

We must also consider that when we fail to do this we don't just affect ourselves and our own faith, but others and their faith and we become a treacherous bow in God's hand. When God picks us up to accomplish a great work that will bring Him glory, His bow fails Him just as He needed it the most.

I think part of the reason we fail Him is because we don't learn to distinguish the word of the Lord. We must become His sheep that know His voice. It's hard to risk everything when we're not sure if it was Him who spoke to us.  The ancients would make sure it was God who spoke to them like Gideon when he laid out the fleece. When they knew it was God they put everything they had into His word.

Note: I am writing this, not as one who has arrived at these things, but as one whom the Lord is rebuking and encouraging, and I pray that through His word to me you also may be encouraged to love and good works.

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