Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me.
Sometimes, God sets us apart for special tasks, while sometimes, the tasks seem more difficult than we are able to handle…or so we believe in our flesh. Many times God picks people to tread difficult waters which appear from our perspective to be much more than we can bare. We begin thinking how we never believed our circumstances would turn out the way they did. What could have gone wrong?…or why was I chosen to carry this burden?
While my own flesh began questioning some of my own circumstances, God reminded me of the prophet Hosea whose family had been chosen to symbolize God’s wrath poured out on Israel. How it must have been heartbreaking for this mighty and often overlooked prophet of the Lord to be God's symbol as a warning whereby God would punish Israel's disobedience.
"...And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son. And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel. And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away."
It is likely that Hosea did not grow up thinking he would be commanded by God to marry the unfaithful prostitute, Gomer, who was not only unfaithful to him, but had to be bought back by her own husband every time she went astray in her adultery! Now it is safe to say this was not the marriage he expected to enter into when he was a young boy. If marrying a prostitute was not enough stress on Hosea, God further commanded him to name each child she bore him a name which symbolized God’s separation from His own people.
Hosea most certainly had a difficult life with this adulteress and cursed offspring. I can almost bet at times he thought, “Why me oh God? Could you not have chosen anyone else to carry this unbearable burden?” While this answer would indeed be yes, God was more than able to choose anyone else, it is only God who is able to see the bigger picture, and knows who is up to the task, and who would fold quickly underneath the same circumstances.
While Hosea probably never planned to walk such a difficult road through life, and it safe to believe he often thought to give up, believing in his flesh that the burden was too heavy for him to bare, he continued to remain faithful and obedient to the unforeseen and uncertain will of the Lord. While Hosea was unable to see God’s bigger picture, he trusted that God was more than able to complete his race in his favor, and through the turmoil and heartache, Hosea knew he did not have to tread the uncertain water alone.
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.'"
If God has chosen you to walk an uncertain path, and if you feel the daily doubts, hopelessness, and dreads of the road you you now walk. If you find yourself feeling like Hosea, Moses, or even Mary, the mother of Jesus, and you are constantly asking God, “Why me Lord, why not someone else? I cannot take this load you gave me, it is too much, so please fulfill your will by the hands of anyone else!” bring your understandable concerns before Him, God loves the honest cries of His people. After you have laid your burdens down to the Lord, ask Him for the strength you need to walk the road you are on. If God was with Hosea in his uncertainty, God will most definitely walk with you as you step out in faith, and learn to trust His plans.
Whatever the task God has for you, remember He sees the finished product; He knew your hopes and desires long before He called you to bare this burden, and He is more than able to walk with your through it because He sees how it all ends.
-Melanie Herren Ministries