Why Would You Want Anything Else?

I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.  His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.  They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.  Ephriam shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?  I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree.  From me is thy fruit found.

Hosea 14:5-8

After imploring Israel to return to Him in the first verse, and pointing the way home in verses two and three, God tells them in verse four that “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.”  After “coming home,” God speaks some comforting, loving words to Israel in the remainder of the chapter.

After these comforting words from their God and Saviour, verse 8 tells us that “Ephriam shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?”  Once they have destroyed themselves, felt God’s judgment, returned to Him, and felt His warm embrace, why would they want to stray any more?  Why would we ever want to stray after all God has done for us?  “What have I to do any more with idols?” is a great question that we should be asking ourselves often.

“Idols” can take many forms in our society.  While we may not bow down to an “idol” of wood or stone, we may have numerous “idols” set up in our lives.  Anything that comes between us and the Lord could be considered an idol.  But once we have seen that “the way of transgressors is hard,” (Proverbs 13:15), we can then “taste and see that the LORD is good…” (Psalm 34:8)  Once we have experienced God’s mercy, grace, love and goodness, why should any idol hold any sway over us?  After all He has done for us, our devotion should be unflinching and unfailing!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    “Anything that comes between us and the Lord could be considered an idol. But once we have seen that “the way of transgressors is hard,” (Proverbs 13:15), we can then “taste and see that the LORD is good…” (Psalm 34:8) ”
    It should make common sense that we should be satisfied once we taste what He offers but the carnal man will always crave satisfaction for the flesh.

    Praying we will crucify self and allow Him to be the center of our lives so that we will want nothing but what He wants for us.

    Do hop over to Margaret’s when you have a moment http://123hallelujah.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/taste-and-see-that-the-lord-is-good/

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • That’s true. It’s all about crucifying the flesh and following the Lord. When we do that, He is indeed sweet to us. Margaret’s post was a great one! Thanks!

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  2. Ann . . .I love how you keep making connections! 🙂
    Ben, God bless you as you show us His mercy and grace! Praying with you to have nothing to do with idols, and for Him to show me what I have in my life that is coming between us.

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    • That reminds me of a song: “Nothing between my soul and the Saviour…” We really do need to try to “keep the way clear; let nothing between…” I like that song. Thanks!

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