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A friend took this photograph of me taking photographs!
In the current She Reads Truth study on the book of Hosea, a group of us were sitting around the kitchen table discussing what we had learned. "How awful would it be to have to marry a person who was known to have promiscuous behavior?" Before we all started verbalizing our opinions (judgments) of Gomer, I popped in a clip from a Jennifer Rothschild DVD on the study of Hosea.
Jennifer shares that Gomer's father's name was Diblaim, which means a double portion of raisin cakes. Raisin cakes were a known aphrodisiac! That was a new fact for me. She states that more than likely Gomer had been raised in a very promiscuous home and could have been subjected to "God knows what" as a little girl. Her point being, before we judge Gomer, consider the upbringing that may have led her to her lifestyle. We all stopped to realized how quick we are to judge.
Yesterday in Jesus Calling, Sarah Young wrote,
"Come to Me and rest. Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgments about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather-as if judging were your main function in life. But I created you first and foremost to know Me and to live in rich communication with Me. When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you usurp My role."
WOW. I was so convicted over judging the weather. I need to look at the weather as God's perfect plan each day! I don't know how many times in August I said, "This humidity has got to go!"
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Matthew 7:1
"But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,
'Why did you make me like this?' Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?'" Romans 9:20-21