Hosea 14:2-10; I am the Lord your God, hear my voice; Mark 12:28-34
Once again the church directs our attention to the voice of the prophet. Hear was God's chosen channel in communicating to his people.
Even today, they continue to bear witness to the life giving word and judgment of God. Even today, in our time, we need not look beyond the prophetic voice that echoes hear and now to understand where we stand before God and where he directs our steps daily.
Hosea speaks: "take with you words and say to the Lord...we will no longer say "our god" to work of our hands, for in you the orphan finds compassion."
Think pour often we create new "gods" with out hands. Think our often we depend on our hands, our doing, our thinking, our understanding and forsake the invitation to trust in the living God himself.
Think how not just the work of our hands but work in itself becomes the measure of our life, the standard of our worship.
Look at the society we have created. We no longer have time for ourself, for our families, for true rest int he Lord. We work 24/7. Sunday is no longer the day of the Lord, the day of the family.
Now we have to go to work or our children have to be at ball practice or school routine. There is always another "have to" that replaces time for our God and his command to keep holy the Sabbath.
To the detriment of the health of our society, our family, and our own sanity w have forsaken God for the "work of our hands."
It is time to return to the LORD. Today, examine your life. See what is really at the center of your plans, your lifestyle as each day unfolds. Where is God to be find in that busy schedule.
How do you let him have his time so that your time can truly begin to be moved by the giver of time itself?
As JEsus points out in the gospel: "YOU shall love the Lord your GOd with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength..."
God does not what half hearted, half souled, half minded, half strength believers. We must go all in.
Where is the other half you have given away to other "gods"; it is time to set it free from slavery.