What Price?

I read something that Hosea said that really bothered me. Take a look in the twelfth chapter of Hosea:

“The Lord has a dispute against Judah. And He will punish Jacob for what they have done; He will repay them what they deserve according to their deeds” (Hosea 12:2)

Wow! What’s this all about? He had a bone to pick with Judah, so he takes it out on Judah? What’s up with that?

Remember that Judah, was a son of Jacob. So in that passage, Yehoveh was upset with Judah, but he was looking at Jacob as contributing to the problem. It might help you to understand that Judah is referring to Yehoveh ‘s people.

Those who are committed to His service and devoted to honoring Him. Today we could say that it was a shadow, and precursor to The Church. To put why He was upset bluntly, it was spiritual laziness! For instance, we say that we want miracles, blessings, and deliverance, but we want those things at no cost to us, we want them dropped into our laps without any effort!

Let’s be honest about this, and this applies to me, as well, but how many of us actually pray all night and in the midst of our prayers, do we wrestle in those prayers? When do pray, do we understand that we are involved in spiritual battles? How about when we pray for an unsaved family member, do we say, “Oh Gawd, thou art so Holy, will you work on Billie Bob’s heart? Amen.”

How many of us actually weep for those we say we are praying for? How many of us cry out to God as Jacob did?

Okay, no since stopping now, who wants holiness, purity and to be like Christ so much that they are willing to shut themselves in with their Father until they break through? Who is so consumed with pleasing their God that they are desperate to be delivered from all habits, all lusts — and they cry out, fight and wrestle with God until He breaks all chains?

I admit that I haven’t been aggressive enough. Hosea said to Israel, “All you want is prosperity and security! You are not willing to take a stand. You don’t want to live for Yehoveh’s pleasure, but for your own!”

Jacob was a fighter from the day he was born. He prevailed “by his strength” (see Genesis 25:26) and that is how we need to become! We have His strength, but we never use it! Paul said that he was praying for the believers to be, “strengthen by his glorious might with all the power you need to patiently endure everything with joy!” (Colossians 1:11).

To the church in Ephesus he prayed, “From the wealth of his glory, I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit” (Ephesians 3:16).

We will never see what our Father has prepared for His body until He sees us seeking Him earnestly! It is the “effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Not the “Headache” kind of prayers you see folks offer in restaurants that will move mountains! If you want your prayers to move things they must be effective and fervent!

Your Father is not asking you to lay hold of Him to make Him feel strong and important. He is calling you because He loves you! He is saying, “Here it is. If you want it, come and get it!!” He wants to make a strong soldier out of you, fit for His army! So stand up, tighten the that belt of Salvation and stand strong and proud!


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