Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hosea 4:1-3 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Hosea 4:1-3

Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this, the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea are swept away.”


The cause and effect are clearly evident in these verses, and I couldn’t help but see the similarities in our country and even our world. But these verses aren’t directed toward the world but rather toward the Israelites, God’s children, His chosen people. These verses can serve as a warning to His Church and the desperate need for repentance and surrender. We are constantly chasing and desiring things that bring death but demanding and crying out for life.


We, as a whole, have forsaken the truth and bought into a lie. The lie is that we can live any way that we want, and God will be okay with it because He is love. God is love, no doubt, but God is also just, righteous, holy, perfect, and sovereign. God also sent His Son to pay the penalty on the cross for our sins. So, if sin’s not that big a deal, then why did the Son of God have to be sacrificed to pay for them?


We all sin and fall short of the glory of God, but the question I have is, are we committing sins, or are we living in them? Living in direct opposition to the Word of God is living in sin. Getting mad and losing your cool at that person that cut you off on the highway is committing a sin.


This is not a post to attack or condemn any of us but rather to encourage and spur us on toward repentance, obedience, and a life of fullness in Christ! I have a Scripture and then a question to close out:


John 8:31,32 - To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


Jesus says obeying and knowing the truth will set you free, but what happens when we know it and choose not to follow it?


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our Risen King, and the Holy Spirit!




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