Re:Verse reading–Hosea 1, 3, 14 (day four)
V.7 – “I will…deliver them by the Lord their God.”
Israel had long looked for the promised Messiah. They were looking for a political, military leader who would deliver them from their oppressors. They completely misunderstood the work of redemption that would come through the messiah. God had foretold the spiritual nature of the messiah, but they could not see clearly God’s plan. As a result, they missed Jesus as God’s promised redeemer.
How often do we have an expectation for the way God will work in a given situation? We lay out all the ‘facts’ so God will understand that our plan is best. Then…when His way is different, we are baffled as to what went wrong. We must seek to listen to God rather than dictate to Him what we think is best. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways…as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are His ways higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)