Hosea Says Acknowledge God
Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away. Hosea 4:1-3
When Hosea says there is no acknowledgement of God in the land, it translates to an accusation that there is no acknowledgement of God in business. When the book of Hosea was written, agriculture was big business – land was everything. So when this was spoken, it contained a devastating reality: the land has dried up and the beasts, birds, and fish have been swept away. This means business is failing and the resources that contribute to the most critical industry known to man at the time have disappeared. Imagine the hopelessness people must have felt!
The same could be said for today. Understanding this is critical to understanding your specific calling as a marketplace Christian. Once again there is no acknowledgement of God in business, and that’s why we see corruption; lying and murder, stealing and adultery, and bloodshed. Read the news and watch these very items surround CEO’s and even the highest profile companies of our generation. Our land (business) has dried up; oil is running low, the dollar grows weaker by the day, and our environment is taxed to its limit. Jobs are hard to find and economic drought has suffocated our ability to grow as a nation. People today feel the same hopelessness the people mentioned in Hosea experienced.
The good news is that this is a reversible trend, one that marketplace Christians are called to take a lead on. Your purpose in life as a marketplace Christian is to bring hope and reconciliation to the workplace by acknowledging God in the very place He promised to us and desires to work.
- How can you do a better job of acknowledging God in your business or career?
- Do you think it’s possible to openly acknowledge God in the workplace without being weird or unrelatable?