Hosea: Financial Security

I find myself in a constant struggle looking for security in this world. Mostly it is a struggle over financial security and thinking that if I only I had more money there would be nothing to worry about. This leads me to ask the question: Do I plan my life based on money or do I plan my life based on God's desire for my life?

This is not a new struggle for humanity, it has been going on for millennia. Ephraim (a.k.a Israel) also looked for security in the world. Instead of looking to God for their direction and protection they tried to make alliances with the countries around them.
Ephraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria (Hos. 7:11).
Egypt was the country that held them captive before God saved them and brought them into the promised land that they were at this time living in. God's righteous and long suffering judgment would fall on them and they would go again into captivity in Assyria.
Now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt (Hos. 8:13).
Egypt in the previous verse is symbolic of captivity. It is easy to look at Israel and wonder what they were thinking given all of the miraculous events that occurred in their history, but as Christians we are very much the same.

We are now living in the fulfillment of the promise that God gave to Abraham and yet we still don't always look to God for our security. Do we have enough money to have kids? What job should I take? Should we give money away? Where should we send our kids to school? Reflecting on these questions the answers seem to lie mostly in what will make us the most successful in this world and not what prepares us most for the next world.

We ask our banks if we should have kids? We take the job that pays us the most money.  We save up for retirement instead of giving it away even though we don't know if we will make it to retirement. We send our kids to the school that will give them the best careers not what will prepare them for the battle of good and evil of life. But, we must never forget:
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matt. 6:24)
When we look to money for security, we become slaves to it because every decision is based on it. We can only do what our money allows us to do. Is our life supposed to be spent based on money?
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing (Matt. 6:25)?
We need to put away the golden calf and look to God for our security because only He can truly provide it. Let us not go back into the captivity of sin, but let us live in the freedom of the promise that God will provide for us a city that He designed and built, a homeland, a kingdom that cannot be shaken. We have already lived long enough following our own way and we are reaping the consequences.
You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors (Hos. 10:13).
Investments that only pay off in this world will never be secure nor provide what we actually want. It is time for us to seek the LORD, and to evaluate the choices that we make with regards to righteousness instead of worldly success and comfortability.
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you (Hos. 10:12). 


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