My God will reject the people of Israel
because they will not listen or obey.
They will be wanderers,
homeless among the nations.
Hosea 9:17 (NLT)
My morning routine is pretty well set. I get out of bed. I stagger to the front door and get our copy of The Wall Street Journal out of the mail slot. I go to the kitchen to make a big cup of caffeinated coffee and a small pot of decaf. Then I peruse the headlines while I wait for the coffee. When the coffee is finished I head upstairs to my office to have my quiet time and write this post.
How interesting that one of the banner headlines this morning was the controversy surrounding the support of Jerusalem as the capitol city of Israel. In the chapter this morning, Hosea’s prophecy was that God’s punishment for Israel’s idolatry was that they would be “wanderers, homeless among the nations.” They were. For well over two thousand years, their identity was as a scattered nation and peoples.
I hear arguments back and forth and on different sides regarding how a follower of Jesus should politically stand towards modern day Israel. This is not a forum for political rhetoric. I only know that I find it fascinating that these ancient prophetic texts from God’s Message are linked to today’s headlines. It is a reminder to me of what I’ve come to firmly believe: that God is working out a grand plan of His eternal design. Those who follow understand that, even in a small but significant way, we are a part of that plan.
I’m excited to watch it unfold as I quietly live out God’s plan for me; As I go through my morning routine, read the headlines, and walk through God’s Message a chapter-a-day.