Danger Ahead

It had been a long day and I was keen to arrive

Hosea 4:1-19

Reference: The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the Lord pasture them like lambs in a meadow? (Hosea 4:16 NIV)

Explore: Last weekend I was driving through country Victoria to visit my mother. It was 9 o’clock at night and after travelling for three hours I was only 10 minutes from my destination.

It had been a long day and I was keen to arrive at Mum’s house, but I wasn’t exceeding the speed limit of 100 kilometres.

I saw the headlights of a car coming in the opposite direction and so dimmed my headlights. They dimmed theirs too, but then flashed them up to full beam a couple of times.

I realised they were trying to tell me something but wasn’t sure what it was until they passed me by and then it all became abundantly clear. Right in the middle of my lane was a black cow! Travelling at the speed I was, I couldn’t stop in time, so I swerved to the other side of the road to go around it.

Thankfully, the cow was not walking quickly and I was able to get past without hitting it, but it was incredibly close and not something I’d like to experience again.

Application: I wonder if that cow knew how much danger it was in. I guess if it did it wouldn’t have been¬†walking in front of cars at night!

When God refers to His rebellious people like a heifer, I wonder if they knew what danger they were in. Being separated from God would be worse than a car accident, and yet they kept travelling, at full speed, away from Him.

We, too, can be like them. We make our own choices, we don’t consider Him in our schedules and we spend our money on pleasures for ourselves.

To begin with it seems like we are on the right track, but in time we realise we are living a fruitless existence. It’s never too late to turn back to God. He is more gracious than we could ever know and His arms are open to even the most stubborn.

Prayer: Lord, I can be so stubborn in my selfishness. Forgive me for thinking that my way is right. Amen.

In what area of your life can you rectify your stubbornness?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.