Alluring, Restoration, and Blessings

Tuesdays in Other Words Meme

This week's writing prompt is:
Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. Hosea 2:14

I needed a bit of help understanding this section of Hosea before I was ready to write. Pastor J. Vernon McGee's Thru the Bible commentary was helpful to me.

Hosea 2 goes on to say
in verse 15 "There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt."

J. Vernon McGee explained that The Valley of Achor is where God judged the Israelites sin. It is in Achor where the Israelites learned important lessons and were restored. Verse 15 says that God will also bless the Israelites in Achor. However, this is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Ancient Achor is near Shechem and is still controlled by Arabs.

The Message version explains vs. 14 and 15 like this "
I'm going to start all over again. I'm taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I'll court her. I'll give her bouquets of roses. I'll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She'll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt."

Although these verses were written about the Israelites, they can provide lessons for all Christians. God wants to get us away from our temptations to sin. Once we let Him deal with our sins and restore us, then we will be ready to participate in His perfect will for our lives
and to receive His blessing.

I've spent many years wondering why God didn't bless me. I said the special prayer of salvation and tried to live a good life. However, I've realized this past year that God isn't interested in me performing the bare necessities for Him. He wants me to consciously stop sinning on a daily business, to grow closer to Him, to study His word and to spend time with Him, to serve Him and follow His will daily.

I want the Lord to start all over with me - to allure me and draw me close to Him. I want Him to restore me and give me a passion to serve Him. I'd like for Him to bless me, when He sees fit. The Israelites still haven't received their blessing in Achor, so I understand that my blessing my take awhile to come. But I have all of eternity.

Heather at Titus 2 Woman is hosting Tuesdays in Other Words this week.

A Sermon for Hosea Chapter 2


Heather@Mommymonk said...

Your post makes me think of the vision John shared in Revelation. We are like the church who lost its first love. If we are truly in love with God, we will desire to leave behind the things of this world for Him.

Karen said...

Love the idea about how God wants to start all over again with us. That's why He sent us Jesus to get us away from the behavior that draws us away from Him instead of closer. Great post!!! Thanks

lori said...

I had to do some background work too!! Glad to see I wasn't the only one!!:) It's great to do that..we come away with so much more!!

I LOVED the message translation of "I'm going to start all over again, I'm taking her back to the wilderness where we had our first date..."

I really get that!!

What a blessing this post has been!

Audie said...

Praise God He loves us THAT much to want to lure us so He can bless us!

In Christ,

Sher :) said...

Wonderful post!

Toknowhim said...

Thank you for your comment today... I am entering blog world again slowly... I think I am taking a break still from my meme (Know & Tell), but come back and visit often while I am figuring things out :) Blessings

A Stone Gatherer said...

How I love the book of Hosea! God never gives up on us! He continues to come after us, even when we have sinned against him in so many ways! What a blessing that is in itself! thanks for the great post Shari!

Denise said...

Such a nice post, thank you for sharing.

Melanie said...

What a beatiful desire to want God to "allure me and draw me close to Him". I want that, too.

Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

This was really good. Thanks for taking the time to read up on this.

I love the promise after the desert time. When ever God lures us to Him there is something WONDEFUL waiting for us.

Blessings to you♥

MiPa said...

WOW!! Great post. Thank you so much. What a blessing.

mamas*little*treasures said...

Isn't it such a blessing to read the thoughts and perspectives of other women of faith? I always learn so much from visiting my friends out here in the blogosphere. Thanks for sharing your vision today. Nina

Carol Van Atta, Princess Warrior said...

Your site is powerfully filled with nuggets of wisdom, words of grace, and a ton of truth. Thank you for sharing. God bless you. I will be praying for your sister, as well. Carol

iheartchocolate said...

Thank you!