Fading Spiritual Impressions
Jesse M. Hendley
In Hosea 6:4 we read some amazing statements about God that reveal His Character and His Nature. This Book of Hosea is just filled with statements about the Nature of God.
God cries out in verse 4, "O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? For your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew it goeth early away." (One version reads, "As the early dew it goeth away." Actually it should read, "As the dew, it goeth early away.")
Here is God lamenting over His people. Ephraim is another name for the ten northern tribes of Israel, and Judah is the name of the two southern tribes of Israel. "0 Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? 0 Judah, what shall I do unto thee? For your goodness is as a morning cloud," the clouds yonder in the morning that soon go away, "and as the dew that vanishes in just a little while." If you get up in the morning early you will find that the little droplets of dew on the grass will disappear with the warmth of the sun.
Now God is reckoning a very profound truth here: He is reckoning that all the "spiritual goodness" of His people is like the morning cloud and the dew that soon vanish away. Their spiritual concerns faded away very quickly. They were "spiritual a little" and then it was gone!
FADING SPIRITUAL CONCERNS is the thought we have in this passage. May God speak to our hearts today about fading spiritual concerns. Everyone has some spiritual concern, sooner or later.
Now these are God's words. They are heart-words. They reveal the Heart of God. Here the Almighty God who flung the universe into being is speaking. His Word is always absolute. God Almighty can do anything He wishes to do, and here He is PLEADING with sinners, asking them WHY their spiritual impressions and concerns faded away so rapidly, why they didn't want Him, why they didn't want to love Him.
You wouldn't think God would put up with a thing like that, would ...
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