Today’s readings: Hosea 6:1-9:17, 3 John 1:1-15, Psalm 126:1-6, Proverbs 29:12-14
Hosea continues his call to repentance today – a call to turn from sin. As I was praying this morning, I thought of the seven deadly sins – pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. How well do these summarize the attitudes and actions that Hosea condemns? A quick review of today’s reading from Hosea reveals six of the seven: murder (6:9; wrath), adultery (7:4; lust), arrogance (7:10; pride), drunkenness (7:5; gluttony), eager to be like Egypt and Assyria (7:11; envy), and begging foreign gods for their grain and new wine (7:14; sloth). I don’t think any of those is too much of a stretch.
Psalm 126 is quite the opposite, with a focus on returning to God and restoration.
4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,
as streams renew the desert.
5 Those who plant in tears
will harvest with shouts of joy.
6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Here is my prayer for today:
Lord, open my eyes to see the ways in which I pursue sin, how I yield to sin either willfully or blindly like the naive young man in Proverbs 7. Instruct me in your ways that I may keep myself unpolluted by those things that entice me, even though they are clearly not form you. I desire to be completely free to follow the instructions of your Sweet Holy Spirit.