This post really has nothing to do with a princess or a pitch pipe. As my daughter and I were picking up the other day I noticed that she had a pitch pipe in a box of dress up clothes for a princess doll. It made me laugh and I thought it would be a good title for something.
I have learned a few things in studying about Hosea. Mostly, I think we try to blame physical things, such as alcohol and emotions, for our sinful state. The truth I learned is that the problem does not lie with the alcohol or how much of it our ancestors consumed. The problem isn't about bitterness or worshipping false idols. The problem is with the heart. We have turned our hearts away from the grace of the most glorious lover anyone could ever behold. We have said no to love. Some of us have replaced it with legalistic "I will never do what the previous generations of my family have done." Some of us have imbibed. Some have blamed society. The problem lies with us. We must choose to love our Heavenly Father. We must choose Him as our husband. We, the people of God, must cry out to Him if we desire others to be healed.
As I sit and look at current events, I am deeply saddened. It would be easy to get caught up in the idea that America at large must repent. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that this is in OUR hands. God tells us that if WE, not pagan America, humble OURselves and pray that God will heal our land. I am praying for an extra dose of humility for my brothers and sisters in Christ tonight. May we do our part and lay aside the arrogance that easily entangles as we return to God. If WE return to God, He tells us He will heal the suffering and the broken around us. Perhaps, if WE repent from OUR wicked ways, many of the people we blame for the problem would come to repentance.
Please keep praying for me as I am writing the book on Hosea.