Called to do a “Hosea”

I have been wrestling with something as of late.  I am feeling the call to do what I call a “Hosea.”  Let me explain.

Hosea was a prophet during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoasha king of Israel.  As a picture of what Israel was doing, God told Hosea to go marry a prostitute, an adulterous woman, and have children with her.  This woman’s name was Gomer.  After marrying and conceiving children, she continued her adulterous ways.  God told Hosea to go after her and restore her to himself, even though she was with another man, which he did.  This was all meant to be a picture of what Israel was doing, running off to different gods and what God was going to do with Israel, coming after her and eventually restoring her in relationship with Himself.

No, God is not calling me to go get another “wife.”  What I believe He is calling me to do is for me, in myself, to be an ever-present real picture of the change that needs to happen somewhere.  I’m not going to state where or with whom that change needs to happen, but I’m convinced that if this change does not occur, then the path being walked is one towards a proverbial funeral, however long that path might take to walk.  I know that God doesn’t want to see that reality occur, and neither do I.  So, I have been called to be a picture of the change that will alter the path, away from a funeral at the end, to one that will lead to greater life.

And here is how the picture of change will occur with me.  As many know, I have struggled losing weight.  As of this morning, I weighed 241 pounds, at least 50 more than I should.  I have made attempts in the past to lose weight (the last one was earlier this year), but I never seemed to be able to maintain the momentum.  In the last attempt, I lost over 10 pounds and was down to almost 225 pounds, but that weight quickly returned.  I had not made a full behavior and lifestyle change; it was just a temporary one.  Hence why I quickly put back on the weight and returned to the point from which I started, and maybe even a little worse.

The change that I know needs to happen must be a foundational one, one that is a change of lifestyle and behavior.  So, God is calling me to be a visible picture of the permanent change that needs to happen.  So, 190 pounds is the goal to be achieved and maintained.  It will take a permanent change in lifestyle and behavior for this to happen.  But as it does happen, that picture will be used to demonstrate the positive results of change to those in that place where change needs to occur.

I ask for your prayers as I embark on this “Hosea” journey.  It will not be easy, but the change which it will represent will not be easy either.  Hence the need for a real picture.

And that journey starts TODAY.


One thought on “Called to do a “Hosea”

  1. Pastor Jim, I too struggle with my weight. I need to lose about 100 lbs. to be at what I would consider my ideal body weight, which is 220. I weigh 315 right now. And ironic as it may seem, I decided just today (before reading your post) to give it another serious go. I even had a consultation to get a gastric bypass about two months ago, but before getting it done, I heard some very negative comments from people who have had the procedure, so I opted not to do it. I decided to try a very unorthodox approach which might be defined as a mix of my own renegade ideas blended together with Atkins… So far today it’s currently 3:52 PM and I’ve only had 320 calories and I’m not even hungry at all! I’ll have to let you know if it works over the long term. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about this idea I have. My calorie goal for each day will be somewhere in the range of 720 or 1,440 total depending on how well I’m able to stave off hunger. I’d say that if I’m able to average around 1,000 calories per day until this Sunday then I’m really onto something, and if not, then this day was just an odd fluke and I won’t mention it to you at church.

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