Have you ever dropped a valuable piece of paper outside and watch it be carried off by the wind? You run after it and just as you’re about to catch up to it, it suddenly leaps out of reach as though you are playing tag with it. Doesn’t it feel good when you finally grab hold of it?
God says through his prophet Hosea that God’s people are like that. They desire to make friends with strong, foreign nations instead of trusting in God alone. God’s people might as well chase after the wind to try and catch its power, than to seek to be allies with these countries.
Hosea goes way back in the history of God’s people to find an example of the power of God and the wonderful things that happen when we surrender to God. It’s Jacob and a wrestling match he has with an angel as a contest to see who is going to win—Jacob or God (Genesis 32:24 and following). God wins and Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel, takes the power of God as his strength; no other bodyguards for him. The same is true for you and me!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
I wait upon You, my God.
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the twelth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Hosea.
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