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I've been trying for some time to
develop a life style that doesn’t require my presence. So said; G.B.Trudeau.
There have been times when I
have felt like that for a few minutes. Especially
during some trying times, a moment of embarrassment, or until the pain would go
away both physical and mental from a bad moment.
I was reminded of Jonah when
he had his experience with the whale and his evangelist tour to Nineveh was contrary to
Jonah 1:2 “Get up and go to the great
city of Nineveh.
Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people
There are so many lessons we
can profit from the book of Jonah but let it suffice to say he was in rebellion
during the whole process and dissatisfied with the result.
Hosea would probably agree
with Trudeau for so much of his life was distasteful.
First, Hosea was directed by God to
marry a promiscuous woman of ill-repute,
Second, Hosea and his wife, Gomer, have
a son. God commands that the son be named Jezreel, “The Valley of death.”
Third, the couples have a daughter. God
commands that she be named Lo-Ruhamah; “Unloved or Pitied.”
Fourth, a son is born to Gomer. It is
questionable whether this child was Hosea's, for God commands that his name be
Lo-ammi or “Not mine.”
While this was a metaphor for the relationship with Yahweh and Israel for it
was acted out in the flesh by Hosea on a day by day process.
Then there was the redemption process whereby Christ was required to come
and be the lamb of GOD sacrificed for us all. He had to live it out and go
through the pain and suffering required to accomplish salvation for all of mankind.
Understanding that life must be lived and at times it will be unpleasant,
it behooves one to take advantage of all GOD provides for us, and to reject
anything that will rob us of GOD’S provision.
The question “How then should I live?” is foremost and one each of us must
answer for them-selves. A good place to
start is; Ephesians 5:15- 20 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
So then do not be
foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with
wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with
your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.
Our fellowship with GOD will produce joy
in our hearts and love for one another.