We all have blind spots in our lives – areas of weakness we simply don’t see in ourselves. In Hosea 7 God addresses one area of blindness in His people. Hosea records God’s thoughts: “Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over. Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice. Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the LORD his God or search for him.” Hosea 7: 8 – 10
I love how poetry uses evocative language to make a point. When God looked at Israel He saw “a flat cake not turned over.” Bread was the food of necessity each day. As bread was baked you needed every loaf to count, and when a loaf went bad (scorched on one side and unbaked on the other) you would be very unhappy. A flat, scorched loaf was a complete waste of something so potentially good, and that was God’s description of His people. In addition, God observed they were “sapped of strength and did not realize it.” Israel was like a weak old man, but an old man who didn’t comprehend how weak he really was. In the end, God saw Israel’s arrogance. They believed they didn’t need any help from God when in fact they were in such a sorry state they needed all the help they could get.
Here God observes a very common blind spot in the lives of His people. God observes, “The further you distance yourself from Me the weaker you become! You think you are a stronger and more free than ever, but you are blind to the fact that you are weaker and more imprisoned than you’ve ever been!” Are you a “flat cake not turned over” right now because you’ve distanced yourself from God?