|Photo by Andreas Krappweis|
"But when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me. So I am to them like a lion; like a leopard I will lurk beside the way. I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs . . . ." Hosea 13:6-8a
The other day I was studying Hosea with a friend, and I came across the answer to that well-known question that many of us tend to ask when something bad happens. I wouldn't say this passage in Hosea is the ultimate answer to all of the bad things that occur in life, but I do think a majority of them occur because like Israel, we too forget God. Isn't that how many are saved? They rejected God, forgot about Him, lived for themselves, and then when something bad occurs they are drawn to God, at least that's how it is for most people. And I believe God uses bad situations, as in the passage of Hosea, to draw us back to Him, or even draw us to Him through salvation. It's for our ultimate good. There's a purpose to the pain. God is a jealous God, and if we lose sight of Him, won't He do whatever He can to bring us back to Him?
It's so very true that when things are going well we don't feel the need to pray or read our Bible as much. We begin to let the world start to consume us with things we think can fill us, and then when something bad happens we're reminded that only God can fill us. I'm glad that God has given me a bad situation in life, because it keeps me from forgetting Him and ultimately causing something worse to happen to remind me that God's in control of my life. It reminds me to pray and remember that I need Him, constantly, all the time.
And for those who currently aren't facing a bad situation, whether that be the loss of a job, a family member, or even a sudden health issue, think about your good circumstances in life and take heed of this passage. Remember that when you're full and satisfied things can get dangerous. Continue to praise God, thank Him, read His word, and pray each day. Don't be so full you forget Him and He causes adversity in your life to occur so you can remember Him.