Feeding on the wind…

Still preaching from the Old Testament book of Hosea.  Interesting preacher, he.

Hosea 12: 1 lays down this indictment against Hosea’s congregants:  “Ephraim (Israel) feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day…”

Apparently, Israel, much like us, especially at this holiday season, was a bustle of activity and a flurry of busyness.  Hosea likens their busyness to feeding the wind.   The east wind to which Hosea refers is the siroccoa wind in the original Hebrew language.  It is a strong and violent wind that would arise out of the east, bringing with it destruction and often death.  Hosea is equating their busyness to something that brings destruction and death.

Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives who had to work all the time (sounds good to me!).  He insisted that those who were always in a flurry of activity at their desks were not being the most productive.  Ford wanted people who would clear their desks, prop their feet up, and dream some fresh dreams.  His philosophy was that only he who has the luxury of time can originate a creative thought.

I would submit to you that most often, those people who are always in a flurry of activity are not the most productive.  They are just feeding the windSadly, the wind they are feeding may be like the siroccoa wind of the Ancient Near East – destructive and deadly.

A thought before closing:  What have you done in the last seven days that actually had … significance?


~ by jackpickel on December 5, 2012.

One Response to “Feeding on the wind…”

  1. Great message!!! Made me think.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: