Painful Obedience

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 15,16; Hosea 1; Hebrews 1

Today’s Key Passage – Hosea 1:2-11


Most of the time obedience to God is pretty straightforward.  Either we choose to obey Him or we do not.  When we do choose to obey Him, we really do it for two reasons.  First and foremost, we obey God because of our deep love and respect for Him.  There is a second reason, however, that we obey God.  In most cases, obedience to God is in our own best interest.  It stands to reason that the Creator of the universe knows better than anyone else what is good for us and what is bad for us.  When He tells us to do something, it is in our own best interest to obey Him.  To illustrate my point, stop and think for a second about the Ten Commandments.  If you really think about it, you will see that obedience to each one is in our own best interest.  Sometimes, though, complete and total obedience to God is a bit more difficult.  Sometimes, obedience to Him has nothing to do with our own best interest, and instead focuses on the best interest of someone else.  This is when obedience can become painful.

In today’s key passage, we find the beginning of the story of Hosea and Gomer.  Hosea was a young prophet called by God to prophesy to the northern kingdom of Israel.  Now keep in mind that Hosea was a man of God.  He was a good man who had great faith, and it would stand to reason to us that God would only want the best for Hosea.  God, however, had a different plan in mind for Hosea.  God needed Hosea’s life to be a living, breathing prophetic example to Israel.  God needed Hosea to do something that was in Israel’s best interest, but not his own.  God told Hosea, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.” (Vs. 2)  Now imagine for a second that you are Hosea.  God has just told you to marry a woman who is absolutely going to cheat on you.  She is absolutely going to give birth to other men’s children.  What would you do in this situation?  The next verse of Scripture is a testament to Hosea’s faithfulness and obedience to God.  In it we read, “So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.” (Vs. 3)  Hosea did not argue with God.  Hosea did not try to get out of it or run away.  Even knowing that his obedience to God was going to be painful for him personally, Hosea simply obeyed.

Sometimes God asks us to do things that are going to be painful for us personally.  Sometimes he asks us to do things that will be difficult.  Sometimes he asks us to do things that are seemingly impossible to us.  It is in these times when our obedience is most important.  See, obedience to God for our own best interest is pretty easy, but the real mark of our character is whether or not we will obey Him when our obedience benefits others and not ourselves.  If God asks you to do something that is going to be painful, how will you respond?  My prayer today is that we will all respond the way Hosea did.  My prayer today is that we will all simply obey.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on July 4, 2013, in 28 - Hosea and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. …”trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus…than to trust and obey!” God’s ideals for us can be achieved, reached by our trust in his word and obedience in his direction in the matter. Amen! God bless! Happy 4th!

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