Teach me Your paths

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.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    as streams renew the desert.
Those who plant in tears
    will harvest with shouts of joy.
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.

 

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