Week 7: Confessions of a Perplexed Prophet

Hosea (Hosea 2:14-20)

Oh Lord,

I’m so confused. I don’t understand what’s going on in my life. You have asked me to deliver messages, give hard truths, and call out kings and powerful men. I’ve done all those things faithfully. But this?!?! I don’t understand.

Ever since I was a young man, I asked and prayed that you would send me a life partner, a wife I could love and care for. Yet, I remained faithful and pure, even when everyone else gave in. Isn’t that what you asked me to do?

And now you want me to take a prostitute as a wife? Really? Lord, she’s ravishingly beautiful, but she’s also got a horrible reputation. I am concerned she won’t even remain faithful to me. Who has she been with? What will those men say when I run into them? Could I even look them in the eye without burning with rage?

I know she’s so lost and needs someone to rescue her. But for me? Lord, what would we even have in common? In a world where I thought purity is what sets us apart, why would you ask this of me?

This is my heart you are asking for.

Your Perplexed Prophet

My faithful Hosea,

Your steadfast heart mirrors my own. It is easy for you to remain faithful and true to your convictions, which I love most about you. I am not the author of confusion but of peace.

Trust in me with all your heart, and don’t rely on your own understanding. After all, my ways are so far above your ways. You will never understand everything that I do, and that’s OK. Knowledge and truth can be good in some instances, but they are not the fruit of the Spirit. Instead of having all the answers

come to me with your confusion. I can handle your doubt, frustration, and anger. Yes, anger! I can take it. I am big enough and strong enough.

I know what I am asking you to do doesn’t make sense. It’s not what you deserve, and it goes against everything you’ve been fighting for. But I have a plan.

After all, I am the Lord. Is anything too hard for me? As much as it feels like I am not making sense, still, trust me. I have you tattooed on the palms of my hands. I could never forget you. You are always secure in me.

Your Ever Faithful All-Knowing God

(2 Corinthians 14:33, Proverbs 3:5, Jeremiah 32:27, Jeremiah 32:27)

Your Perplexed Servant

What is something about God or that God has done that just confuses you?

What promises of God help us amidst our confusion?

Read Hosea 2:14-20 and make a note of all the things God says he will do. Then, apply those to your own confusion situation. How does that change how you look at things?

“Therefore I am now going to allure her;

I will lead her into the wilderness

and speak tenderly to her.

There I will give her back her vineyards,

and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.

There she will respond as in the days of her youth,

as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“you will call me ‘my husband’;

you will no longer call me ‘my master.

I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;

no longer will their names be invoked.

In that day I will make a covenant for them

with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky

and the creatures that move along the ground.

Bow and sword and battle

I will abolish from the land,

so that all may lie down in safety.

I will betroth you to me forever;

I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,

in love and compassion.

I will betroth you in faithfulness,

and you will acknowledge the Lord.