This week’s article is written by Roger Newberry, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
I have been reading the prophets of the Old Testament. Some of the things that God called the prophets to do seemed to be radical or maybe a bit absurd. Isaiah was told to walk around the city of Jerusalem stark naked. Ezekiel was told to lay on his side for days and eat nothing but an ounce of meat cooked over human waste once a day. Ezekiel was also told to not show any sorrow when he lost his wife. God told Hosea to marry a prostitute, knowing she would be unfaithful.
God used the prophets to get the Israelites' attention and to point out how much they needed Him. Then he sent his son, Jesus, to show how much He loves us. Since we have the lessons of the New Testament, we know God uses Christians to show God’s love to others. God is not likely to ask us to do the things he asked Isaiah, Ezekiel and Hosea to do. It is more likely that the Holy Spirit will “nudge” us all to do those things that shows His love to our neighbors. God has a reason for everything He does. We just have to trust Him.