Your all in all

They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. Hosea 8:7

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In Hosea 8:7 who are they? They are the Israelites who had sought forbidden relationships with Assyria and Egypt for military power, and had mixed in worshipping forbidden gods along with God. They were no longer being faithful to the One who could provide them all they needed. Harvesting good seed in grounds bathed by sunlight and filled with nourishment, produce a sturdy crop. The Israelites, though,  expended their energy on activities without roots for their souls, leaving them vulnerable. Danger was coming from foreigners–eventually the Assyrians invaded and conquered Israel.

I know I too, can spend time on hollow activities instead of taking the time to plant, sow, and wait. I can Netflix binge, or mindlessly scroll my Instagram and my Facebook accounts to ‘numb’ out. I can seek instant gratification that only leaves me unsatisfied. I can eat those four girl-guide cookies instead of taking the time to cook the nourishing spinach and eggs. I can try to fight my own battles by seeking out who I think will agree with me, commiserate and create an alliance, instead of seeking God first.

But these attempts at self-preservation only pull me apart from God. When I try to become more secure in the world without God, I’m left vulnerable to the pull of all things that only blow away in the whirlwind of time.

When we put our security in God, we become too deeply rooted to be swept away. We are less tempted to engage in that ‘quick fix’ or reach out for things that leave us hollow and wanting. Instead, we grow closer to the One whose faithfulness is everlasting.

“Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire, Will He not indeed make it grow? Samuel 23:5

What things are you putting your security in? Is there something God is asking you to give up so He can be your all and all?

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20 thoughts on “Your all in all

  1. Thanks Lynn, I am going to pass this on to my son Tom. I think he will really benefit from it because of not only what you shared, but also the song. I think God speaks to him a lot through music.
    I have stopped running, now God is asking me to rest one day each week. (-: Ker

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    1. Lesley, you make a great point! My time in Hosea has taught me the danger of turning toward other things besides God. And like the Israelites, it may look like things are going well and being prosperous, yet leading to ruin. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Listening to the song now….nice! “When I try to become more secure in the world without God, I’m left vulnerable to the pull of all things that only blow away in the whirlwind of time.” Thanks for reminding us that this is not how God wants us to live. I want to stand firm on his foundation.

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  3. Romans 6:23 ties right into sowing and reaping if are sowing is to obedience I believe the blessings are there,
    If it’s to disobedience we experience what we sow.
    Blessings and curses he give us free will to choose ,loving us in his sovereignty all the way.
    The Old and the New Testament go hand in hand.
    Thank you Father for Loving us Thru you Son Christ Jesus .Amen!

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  4. What an encouraging post, Lynn! Loved it. I, too, sometimes thoughtlessly waste time on social media or some other mindless activity. Thank you for drawing the parallel to the Israelites in the Bible, spending time on hollow activities. Our security comes from God.

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  5. Good post Lynn. I would say I often find my security in my husband instead of the Lord. I am so use to being his helpmate even when he does not know I am, that sometimes I feel like I have lost myself. I am not complaining, just stating a fact. I find myself trying to please him more then the Lord. It is just easier. This is a thought provoking post.

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    1. I am imagine the Lord is pleased with how you are with your husband too, Betty! I pray you feel God’s peace and that you rest assured that He is with you in every moment. And that you are reminded of Him throughout your day, even in just the small things like a bird singing, or a child’s chatter at the shopping centre! Blessings to you!

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  6. It is important to immerse ourselves in God’s Word so that we can rest in the truth that He is our all in all. When unexpected trials arise, we will be more likely to respond gracefully if we do so.

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  7. Thank you for this reminder, Lynn! It’s so easy to reach for things in this world for our security instead of the One who made it. What an important message that never gets old because we always seem to drift in new ways throughout our lives.

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