And they do not cry to me from their heart when they wail on their beds; For the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves, they turn away from Me. – Hosea 7:14 NASB
When someone asks you for help, do you sometimes question their motives because maybe their words don’t match the body language conveyed or what you know about the person? Here in Hosea, God is using the same discernment, with the advantage of being an omnipresent mind reader!
In Hosea’s time, the Israelites were anything but sincerely seeking God’s will for their lives. They wanted God’s help when they needed Him, yet wanted to do their own thing the rest of the time. They wanted to have their cake and eat it too. They must have thought they could fool God into helping them in spite of their disobedience.
Sometimes we are no different. We wail on our beds for God to change our worlds and provide for our needs. In reality we want comfort for the symptoms of our “disease”, not the means to a cure for that “disease”. We too, want help to survive while continuing on in our own foolish ways. Unfortunately, we can’t fool God any more than the Israelites could.
God wants us to come to Him with our needs, but He wants us to come to Him with a sincere desire to change our ways and get to know Him better. He wants to help cure us, changing our character, so that the symptoms of our “disease” no longer appear. When we come to Him with a pure heart, He will also take care of our symptoms, providing comfort and provision as we work through our problems.
How is the condition of your heart? When you pray, are you asking for God to help you change or for Him just to help you? Keep asking. Keep praying. Most importantly, sincerely turn to Him, putting aside your own agenda and asking God to accomplish His will in your life. He will gladly oblige.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.