May 30th

The Affliction Of The Saints – Part I

Good Day,

Have you ever been in a situation where you clearly know that the Lord is allowing you to pass through a difficult time not because of something you did; but because He wants you to be an example for someone else?

It’s possible that some can only learn by seeing what others go through instead of learning from their own experiences.  There are times that we are not thinking clearly and cannot see the dilemma we’re in.  When we see someone else pass through the fire, we tend to learn from their misfortune.  God will use any means possible to get through you.  Even if it means to use the Saints of the Lord to bring you to acknowledgement or realization of life.  He wants to move you to a better place.

You may think this concept is crazy, but it happens more often than not.  Reflect on your life and see if you can determine a situation you went through for the purpose of being an example to others.

There are two stories in the Bible that are great examples of what we’re reading about today.

Hosea 1:2 (AMP)
When the Lord first spoke with and through Hosea, the Lord said to him, Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of [her] harlotry, for the land commits great whoredom by departing from the Lord.

Hosea’s marriage to Gomer was going to be an example of the state of Israel.  Israel was straying away from God by rejecting Him.

Hosea’s three children – represented the state of Israel & Gomer’s infidelity

1) Jezreel – God’s judgement upon the ruling King (Jeroboam) – Hosea 1:4-5
2) Lo-Ruhamah – Not pitied.  God was about to withdraw his mercy from Israel
– Hosea 1:6
3) Lo-ammi – Not my people.  God’s rejection of his people, Israel – Hosea 1:9

Hosea was going through his own fleshly experience; he was being rejected by his own wife as she continuously had relations with other men and he stayed home raising the children.

As we go through an experience that we are vessels being used for others to see, the Lord will always give us something to look forward to.  He doesn’t allow us to be stuck in the ditch and crumble.  He gives us a glimpse of our future and what will happen if we stay obedient.

Hosea 1:10-11 (AMP)
10Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered; and instead of it being said to them, You are not My people, it shall be said to them, Sons of the Living God!  11Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together and appoint themselves one head, and they shall go up out of the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel [for the spiritually reborn Israel, a divine offspring, the people whom the Lord has blessed.]

Hosea has something great to look forward to with Israel and his own life.  But he had to go through the process first.

We see in Chapter 2, The Lord asks Hosea to plead to his wife to stop the adulteress acts and to come home to her family who loves her dearly; but she rejects her husband and children.  She thinks she’ll have a better life out there in the world.  She goes from man to man looking for happiness, love, joy, and peace.

In the beginning she’s having a grand old time and is partying and just having the time of her life.  Hosea is left behind being the responsible adult, taking care of the household, and family.

Hosea 2:3 (AMP)
Lest I strip her naked and make her as in the day she was born, and make her as a wilderness and set her like a parched land and slay her with thirst.

The Israel nation and Gomer are entering into their phase in mingling with others outside of their boundaries.  Israel starts to stray away from their beliefs and begin to taste some of the other nations rituals.  Gomer leaves her home and starts running the streets with other men.  Both Israel and Gomer are being forewarned of the dangers of leaving their safe haven but they don’t listen.  They need to see, taste, and experience the other side.

Hosea 2:5 (AMP)
For their mother has played the harlot; she who conceived them has done shamefully, for she said, I will go after my lovers that give me my food and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my refreshing drinks.

Could you imagine the ridicule from others as they see Hosea walking down the street?  The gossiping that’s going on.  Hosea and Gomer are the main topics at everyone’s dinner table.  But Hosea sticks it out and continues to do what the Lord wants him to do.

Hosea hears the whispers from others on what Gomer is doing and he is torn as he hears about his wife and sees his nation depart from God’s loving hands into anothers’ “loveless hands.”

After some time, the nation and Gomer start to realize that it’s not all that glorious out there.  They ponder and bring into remembrance the true God, the supplier of all their needs.  All that they were searching for was right at their footsteps.  But what they did was overstep and looked elsewhere.

Are you being an example for someone else?  Can you relate to the Hosea within you?  You see each day the disobediences of others.  You can talk to them until you turn blue in your face to no avail.  Your heart aches for this individual but they just don’t see what’s the big deal.

Stay patient as Hosea did and pray for these people.  The Lord is hearing your prayers and is waiting for the opportune moment to deliver and restore.

Hosea 2:14-17 (AMP)
14Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart.  15There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [troubling] to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.  16And it shall be in that day, says the Lord, that you will call Me Ishi [my Husband], and you shall no more call Me Baali [my Baal].  17For I will take away the names of Baalim [the Baals] out of her mouth, and they shall no more be mentioned or seriously remembered by their name.

Blessings!

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