Text: Hosea 8:1-14, Mark 2:13-17
With their silver and gold they made idols for their own destruction.
– Hosea 8:4b
How fickle my heart and how fickle my mind…where you invest your love, you invest your life.
– Mumford & Sons, “Awake My Soul”
I wonder what God thinks about where I spend my time.
I wonder what He thinks about all the crafts, clothes and recipes I pin on Pinterest. The minutes I burn on the elliptical.
The celebrity magazines I flip through at the grocery store.
The times I check my Facebook feed, my Twitter and my email to see who “likes” me today.
I know I’m not alone in this cycle. We wear ourselves out. We wear Him out.
We can read it in His Word, what He thinks about these things we make kings.
“They set up kings without my consent, they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold, they make idols for themselves to their own destruction.” (Hosea 8:4, NIV, emphasis added)
Like a parent who has been disobeyed time and time again, His anger burns (Hosea 8:5, NIV). I picture God watching us toiling away at all the things that don’t matter, wasting our time, wasting our efforts on building our own kingdoms instead of His. And He is both angry and sorrowful, asking, “When will they ever learn?”
Sisters, I ask you:
When will we stop sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind?
When will we stop tending the stalks that grow no grain?
When will we stop being swallowed up by our idolatry?
Let’s make each other accountable for those things that we make kings instead of our True King.
Let’s call each other out for the empty kingdoms we build, instead of building the Kingdom of our Creator.
Let’s pray for the return of our Savior, who came not to call the righteous, but to call the sinners. (Mark 2:17, NIV)
He’s willing to take a seat at the table with us. We need only set His place, invest our love, and invest our lives.