In Hosea 1:2 God told Hosea to marry a prostitute. She would be a symbol of the current state of affairs in the country, as the people had become unfaithful to Almighty God.
This sure sounds similar to our country today. You, Lord, have become a nonentity to many of our countrymen. Even some say they are Christians, but wear hearts of stone. You are placed in a box which has a place on the shelf. You are taken out on Sunday or Saturday for an hour or so; You are asked for favors when things get rough.
But who is deliberately seeking Your face for daily life, wanting Your will, Your rightness? Who is truly obeying Your commandments, seeking Your heart? Many hearts have ‘political correctness’ usurping Your place, Lord, when love for You should be paramount.
God saw Israel did not worship and honor and esteem Him as Jehovah God Almighty:
Hosea 2: 2-8,12-15,23 Plead with your mother [your nation]; plead, for she is not My wife and I am not her Husband; [plead] that she put away her [marks of] harlotry . . . Lest I make her as a wilderness and set her like a parched land and slay her with thirst. 6 Therefore, behold, I [the Lord God] will hedge up her way [even yours, O Israel] with thorns; and I will build a wall against her that she shall not find her paths.
7 And she shall follow after her lovers but she shall not overtake them [gods of money and finances] and she shall seek them [inquiring for and requiring them], but shall not find them. Then shall she say, Let me go and return to my first husband, [the Lord God] for then was it better with me than now.
8 For she has not noticed, understood, or realized that it was I [the Lord God] Who gave her the grain and the new wine and the fresh oil, and Who lavished upon her silver and gold which they used for Baal and made into his image.
Is not our nation also being led to cease it’s reverence to Jahovah God as the One who has made us wealthy and great? Instead we have become as whores worshipping the god of self, of greed. Murder a baby, because it will be inconvenient or embarrassing to give it birth. We worship the god of lust as we engage in homosexual behavior, and adultery, and fornication, because it feels good, and we don’t want to wait for nor believe in God's perfect plan. We watch courts remove recognition and honor from God Almighty by removing God from our nation one step at a time, demoting Him to one of many gods.
Our government has used misinterpretation of “church and state” to cast out all recognition of our God from government meetings, events, buildings and schools. The result is evident as God spoke in Hosea, even the children raised in harlotry will not have mercy.4 Yes, for her children I will have no love nor pity nor mercy, for they are the children of harlotry. School shootings are resulting, increased diseases in children like autism and childhood diabetes, cancer, etc.
It saddens my heart. Our nation once honored our God and became rich with His blessings. We will reap the rewards of our harlotry, if we do not repent. [there’s another nono word]. God punished Israel, why would He not do the same to us? We think we are immune to His displeasure. "This God I have in the box on my shelf would not do that. He is a loving God and understands the lies I accept: that it’s just a fetus not a baby, I was born homosexual, purity is old fashioned, other religions worship god and should have equal standing with Jahovah God."
12 And I will lay waste and destroy her vines and her fig trees of which she has said, These are my reward or loose woman's hire that my lovers have given me; and I will make [her plantations] an inaccessible forest, and the wild beasts of the open country shall eat them. 13 And I will visit [punishment] upon her for the feast days of the Baals, when she burned incense to them . . . went after her lovers and forgot Me, says the Lord.
2012 will be a crucial year for us! We must pray for our nation to return to God Almighty! It is truly our only hope. Hear the love of our God for us. Respond to His love. He will speak tenderly to our hearts as He did to Israel after she lost everything, and God will restore us if we return to Him.
14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart. 15 There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [troubling] to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
23 And I will sow her for Myself anew in the land, and I will have love, pity, and mercy for her who had not obtained love, pity, and mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, You are My people, and they shall say, You are my God!