The Grass is Always Greener
Today’s Key Passage – Hosea 2:2-8 – CLICK HERE to read the key passage
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed something that is not all that uncommon as I was driving. I was passing by a small pasture in which a couple of cows were grazing. The grass in the pasture was a plush green, and most of the cows seemed pretty content grazing within the fences. The thing that caught my eye, however, was a single cow standing closest to the road. Though this cow was standing in a nice patch of green grass, she had her head through the fence and was eating the slightly brown weeds on the other side. It seemed this cow believed that the grass was indeed greener on the other side, and she was intent on eating it instead of eating the grass in her own pasture. When I saw it, I knew immediately that I would be writing about that moment as an illustration here, and all I had to do was wait until the day we read Hosea chapter 2.
Today’s key passage is all about the concept that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. As we learned in yesterday’s reading, Hosea married Gomer knowing that she would be unfaithful to him. (CLICK HERE to read yesterday’s post entitled Painful Obedience.) In today’s reading we see that God’s warnings about Gomer came to fruition as we read, “Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.’” (Vs. 5) Gomer chased after other lovers because she believed that she could find something better than what she had at home with Hosea. Of course, Gomer’s life was a living, breathing example of what Israel did for years. Though Israel had everything as God’s chosen people, they were continually unfaithful to God and chased after other gods to worship, all the time believing they could find something better. Israel, like Gomer, believed that the grass was always greener on the other side.
Sadly, it is easy for all of us to fall into this trap. It is easy for us to believe that what someone else has is better than what we have. There are people who believe that someone else’s house is better than their house or that someone else’s life is better than their life, so they covet what their neighbors have. There are men and women who believe they can find something better outside of their own marriages, so they fall into adultery. They wrongly believe they have more in common with a complete stranger than with the person at home to whom they have been married for years and with whom they have raised children. In all of these cases, the focus is always on the wrong thing. Instead of focusing on all of the blessings God has provided, when we focus on the things He has not provided we get into trouble. I once heard a pastor say that if you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, spend some time watering your own grass! Never forget that more often than not, the color of the grass in your own yard and in other’s is simply a matter of perception. We think the grass is going to be greener on the other side, so we jump through hoops trying to get there. We go out of our way to stick our heads through the fence, intent on getting to the other side and ignoring the barbed wire and the thickets that are in our way. In the end though, all we find on the other side are slightly brown weeds.
Can you think of any other lessons we can learn from today’s key passage? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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