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Our Desperate Plea

Our Desperate Plea

“O Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all have Porches, I must make amends…” Janis Joplin.

Would you classify the words of this song by Janis Joplin as a desperate plea? Probably not. What about this one: “O Lord, I’m so lonely and depressed! Please send me a soul mate–Right Now! Amen”

I’m beginning a blog series entitled Excerpts from the book, Finding Your Soul Mate, God’s Way, for some insights of what is contained in the book. Yep, there will be some scriptures for guidance and a few toe nail curling stories of what we all do wrong—those one-night stands, a little too much to drink, the hurt, the shame, the anger and the guilt associated with wrong choices. Who hasn’t made a few?

Can’t you just hear God’s reply to the desperate plea above? It may be something like this: “Do you think that I AM a vending machine where you just put in a quick prayer and out pops a blessing? You’ve made some bad choices, broken marriages, shallow relationships that you’ve experienced that had no meaning and now you want ME to send you a soul mate? Not Now!”

Desperate Situations

Think back to some of your relational desperate situations you have been in and compare it with the one God put Hosea into; an old testament prophet, on page 13 of the book. You’ve heard the story of the Prodigal Son. Have your heard the story of the Prodigal Daughter?

God instructed Hosea to marry Gomer, a well-known prostitute. Wow!!! You’ve got to be kidding, Right? Nope! That was a commandment from God to show his accusations against Israel for worshipping other gods. He considered Israel a prostitute! But, it also shows God’s love for all people like prostitutes.

Hosea obeyed and married Gomer, had three kids with her before she took off with another man who kept her until she lost her looks and her use for him. Gomer was emaciated, broke, starving and went to the slavery blocks to be sold. Long story short, Hosea bought her back, placed a ring on her finger and made a respectful woman out of her. Now that’s love and obedience!! She was a prodigal daughter…

There’s a lot more to the story. Full of emotions, embarrassment, heart-ache and hurt. But when we obey God, no matter how far-fetched it may sound, there is a blessing that follows. A story in Chapter One.

Author: Ron Mumford  March 4, 2014  9:51 am

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