Exodus to the Exile Israel constantly sinned
Choosing idols over God – they did it their way
Stoning the prophets – idolizing religion
Hosea shared Gomer’s life – amidst the sin he loved her

Before we cast any stones, let’s look at the ground we are on
My feet follow a selfish path, my way, poor me, all alone
Yet the Father calls me to change, Israel was the same
They didn’t listen, neither do I

In the fullness of time the Father’s wrath carried Israel away
The land was barren for hundreds of years; a truth prophesied
Becoming reality, destroyed a nation beloved of God
He did it their way, sin results in destruction, God’s call-change

I’m thinking of my life, maybe yours too
How often we think our plans are God’s plans and we can see them through
The pain and anguish from foolish ways, why me Lord our cry
But the Word is complete-it points to me-bend your knee-follow ME

Hosea travailed over Gomer, He trusted the Lord God
Instructions were followed to the letter, his pain more than I can imagine
God loved Hosea, Hosea loved Gomer, God loves Israel
Even after all this the Father was still seeking Israel’s best good

Jesus is seeking you, He hurts when you hurt
Christ knows that He can equip us to stand in the face of evil
It must be our choice, Jesus is with us, the Holy Spirit resides in our heart
Let the Lord have your weakness, He will give you His strength

Life passes quickly, we cast ourselves as the lead in our living play
The problem is that Jesus is the lead, we are to follow His say
Bend the knee to Jesus, ask Him to take your hand, give Him your life
Evil will leave your presence; His power will lead you His way

Clay Corvin October 28, 2017

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the retired VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and was employed by NOBTS for 38 years. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren. His ministry is to the homeless and helpless seeking to promote the cause of Christ everyplace he travels.