As of late, I have been back in the OT looking at a few books that are categorically titled, “The Minor Prophets.” But don’t let that generalization fool you – they are books, passages, and works that carry a punch. Just because these books aren’t lengthy or are written by a “major” named prophet doesn’t mean we should minimize or look over them. God’s truth and revelation is found here, to be sure.
In the Book of Hosea, chapter 6, we arrive at a point where once again, Israel (God’s people in the OT), have rejected the Lord’s Promise. This pattern is a consistent thread throughout the entirety of the OT. Here, the prophet writes these words, given by the Lord: “What should I do with you Ephraim? What should I do with you Judah? Your love is like fog in the morning. It disappears as quickly as the morning dew” (v.4).
As a form of weather, fog is really kind of bland. Wikipedia defines fog as: “a collection of liquid droplets or ice crystals suspended in air, at or near the earth’s surface.” You see, fog exists when it’s not wet enough to rain and not clear enough to have sunshine. It’s in-between, it’s “in the middle” – so to speak.
The prophet Hosea is sent to inform Israel that God’s love for them was sufficient, but that their commitment and devotion to Him had “become like morning fog.” Their love for God was “in the middle” – here one moment, gone another. It was inconsistent. Seemed the people knew the right “God-talk” but never seemed quite ready and willing to give God the love that He so desired and called them to. As Israel’s love varied, they did not depend on God as they should. Hence the phrase, “Your love is like fog in the morning, it disappears as quickly as the morning dew.”
Their love for the Lord wasn’t wet enough to pour down; it wasn’t clear enough to bring forth sunshine. Now, how many are like this today? How many have a foggy love for God? People want enough of God to perhaps feel good, but not enough to be life-changing. People speak all the right words and nod with their heads, but actions continue to fail to show God love, honor, and respect.
I can say this because I have been there. Years passed and I had a “foggy” love for God. Said many of the right things – did some good things too – but with no real, sincere authenticity. My love for God was like morning dew – here one moment, gone the next, only to come back for a while, and be gone again. It was a pattern of my own creation and convenience.
If you are in this cycle now – step out and step up. Recognize that foggy-dew like symptom and seek God’s counsel through the Holy Spirit. He is able and with Him, nothing is impossible. His grace is sufficient! Pray with me: Lord, show me the places in my life where I have given You a halfway, foggy love instead of a wholehearted, steadfast love that you desire and are worthy of. Correct me Lord so that I may grow and show myself faithful. You are worthy of this, and with Your help and guidance, it can be done. Help me to maintain this throughout my life – that it wouldn’t be here one moment and gone the next. May Your love, within me, grow and flourish as You desire and have made provision for. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Blessings and joy as the foggy love is purged from our lives. Praise God!