Hosea’s ministry lasted over sixty years as God’s people lived in and out of faithfulness. National leaders were not strong for the Lord, and even the priests did not faithfully follow Him or teach others to do so. God said through Hosea, “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.” God said that the destruction that was taking place was related to His people not knowing Him. Knowing God changes everything.
Geographically speaking, China is closer to the land that Jesus walked than America is yet when we arrived in China in 1996, the number of people I met who had never even heard of Him was phenomenal. News of Jesus reached those in China in the seventh century, so why didn’t more Chinese people, centuries later, know Him? The basic answer is the sad truth for all of mankind: we turn from our Creator to worship creation instead. We choose to refuse to know God.
It is natural to pass on good news about someone we really know and love. If our children and their children after them don’t hear about the greatness of our God from us, maybe it is because we do not think God is that great. If we all knew and loved God and really lived out that love in the way we treated people, would there still be a need for missionaries to go to China or to the US? If we really know God, we will want to make Him known. If I really love God, and God and I have a great relationship, how can that not come out in conversations with my children, my friends, and even strangers? We may or may not be priests, but we can certainly heed the message that Hosea sought to make clear during his lifetime. For our own sake and for the sake of our children, I pray we do not get all caught up in “life” and forget God who blesses us with breath.