The ways of the Lord - transgressors stumble in them (Hosea 14:9b)

"For the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them." - Hosea 14:9b

I've been fascinated lately about how our Lord's ideas often go against ours. As believers we desire to understand them and believe there is life giving truth behind them. But when I read, "The first will be last and the last will be first," it is easy to understand why this would be cause a non-believer to stumble.

There is a truth out there which is difficult to follow and even contrary to our nature like giving food and drink to our thirsty and hungry enemy. How could we possibly think this will heap burning coals on our enemies head? How could we possibly think that revenge is not ours, but our creators?

These are truths. But if you don't believe in anything outside of you this sort of backward thinking - even if it's kingdom thinking - would seem crazy.

It is only by the grace of God and the Holy Spirit revealing it to us that we can possibly make sense out of the mysteries He has reveled to us.