Hosea 5: The Right Motivation
In Hosea 5, we come across a judgment that is coming to the people of Israel and the people of Judah. They have left God, and they now have to handle the consequences of their actions. This somewhat parallels what had happened to Hosea’s wife Gomer. She had left her husband for greener pastures, but she ultimately ended up in slavery because of it.
Hos 5:4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.
Hos 5:5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.
Hos 5:6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
Hos 5:7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.
They are continuing in their sin, and they want to live the way that they want to. However, the consequences are rather dire. They are going to still do the sacrifices to God that they have always done, but He has withdrawn Himself from them.
This might be a bit troubling for some people. Aren’t we always saying as Christians that no one is beyond salvation? Why would He withdraw Himself from certain people?
No one is beyond salvation, but keep in mind that salvation is an individual coming to God and responding to the Holy Spirit. The individual comes with the recognition of his or her need for a Savior, so it isn’t just the fact that you are coming to God, but you come to God with the right attitude and appropriate mindset.
Notice that these people are still in their iniquities. There is still a lifestyle problem that they don’t want to give up, but they also want to simultaneously come to God, and God is telling them that they are simply wrong.
Obviously, no one comes to the foot of the cross with everything together. No one is perfect. However, please remember that salvation is a lot more than fire insurance. It is a lot more than just a ticket into heaven. Accepting the free gift of salvation also puts us into a relationship with the God of the universe. Does God respond to our calls? Certainly. However, motivation is important, and it does not seem that the people of Israel or Judah were where they needed to be.