My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God. Hosea 4:12
During the time of Hosea, many of the people turned to wooden idols to seeking out guidance for their lives. They would use diviner’s rods to tell them the path that they must take. Even though they were originally called to be God’s people, they prostituted themselves out to others and were unfaithful to God.
Seeking out guidance from idols has not changed over the years. People everywhere are always seeking guidance for their lives. The methods of seeking are very diverse, but most do not include seeking God’s direction for their lives.
Following the lifestyles of famous actors, singers and sports players is one of the most common idols sought out. Most of these people are not living their lives for God at all, they are living for self and the world. People seek them out to know what to wear, how to speak, how to be famous, how to be wealthy, how to be the best in their field, what to believe, and how to live their lives.
These people are worshipped as being the best and knowing the best way to live. They appear to have everything under control. They appear to be living a full life. Yet, they are dead idols, worshipping false gods. Those who follow them are prostituting themselves against God.
Many believers and churches have fallen for the deception of following these and many other idols. Their first choice in seeking guidance is not God, but those of this world, those who do not seek God first, but themselves and the ways of this world.
Every believer must put God first in his life. When there is some guidance that is needed, he must be willing to seek God first for the answer, rather than the false idols of this world.
When you are seeking guidance for something, what is the first thing you do? Turn to this world and search for answers on Google? Or do you turn to the Bible and prayer, seeking out what God’s answer is for you?
Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the deception of this world, prostituting yourself to the idols of this world and rejecting God. Consult God for what you need guidance in.
I pray today that you will put God first in your life; that you will consult God for all your needs; that God will strengthen you to reject the ways of this world; and that you will be faithful to God.
Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:20
Ezekiel had a vision of some creatures with multiple faces and some wheels. He noticed that they would move without ever turning. The wheels would follow the creatures because the spirit of the living creatures was in them. Any time the creatures would move, the wheels would move.
Following someone closely is something that can be difficult to do at times. People change over time and continuing to follow may create conflict. Most people separate after a time because of different interests.
During high school, many students have friends that they hang around with. They always seem to be traveling in a group together. Once high school comes to an end, however, they tend to go different ways. Each one works a different job, or goes to a different school. They will get married and move away. Separation occurs.
The reason the wheels followed so closely was that they had the same spirit in them as the creatures had. Believers are supposed to be following God as those wheels followed the creatures. No matter where God goes, the believer must go. Just like a group of high schoolers are always seen together, the believer must always be seen with God.
God does not turn as He travels. He is always going forward, building His kingdom. He is always building His people to be just like Jesus, perfect and holy.
As you are going through life, you will most likely have to follow someone else. Your primary focus of travel should be following on the path God has for you. God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to lead and guide you through this life. He will guide you into paths of righteousness and holiness.
There will come times when you do not want to go down the path God has for you, but it is what is best for your life. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by something else. Stay focused on what God has for you. When God moves, you move. When God stands still, you stand still. Let God’s Spirit live in you.
I pray today that you will know God’s path for your life; that you will follow God each day; that you will not move unless God moves you; and that you will know God’s Spirit in your life.
The word of the LORD came to me: “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: “This is what the LORD says: “‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.'” Jeremiah 2:1-2
When a person is in love to the point of getting married, he is usually in head over heels in love with the bride. The bride is also madly in love with the groom at the point of getting married.
Both of them look at each other as the greatest in the world, that there can be no fault in the other. They desire to spend time together, doing anything and everything together. Often the things they do will include doing crazy little things together. All of this is because of love.
The first months together as a married couple will be seen as fully devoted to each other. They will follow each other everywhere one goes, regardless of how hard it is. This is first love devotion.
The sad part is that many marriages do not stay that way. Many, and often within the first year to two years, fall out of that first love for each other. They begin to get discontented with each other. Many begin to wonder what they ever saw in each other and why they loved each other.
God is looking at Israel in these verses and remembering their first love for Him. They started off dedicated to Him and following Him everywhere. Israel had forgotten their first love and dedication to God. The chose to not follow Him any more.
Take a good look at your life. Remember back to when you first chose to follow God. Think of the reasons why you chose to follow God. Think about how much love you had for God and what you would do for Him at that time.
Is that love for God still the same?
Or have you allowed your love for God to fall away?
Many people, like Israel, have chosen to let their crazy love for God to calm down. They are no longer madly in love with God and begin to not follow Him everywhere He goes.
Renew your first love and devotion to God. Make Him first and foremost in your life, and start following Him again through the wilderness of this life.
I pray today that you will remember your first love for God; that you will be dedicated to God; that you will follow God everywhere; and that you will tell others of your love for God.
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14
The term God is used by many people in many different ways. Each person that uses it, is serious in what he is saying or believing.
Millions around the world think of Allah, the god of Islam, when they use the term “God.” Millions more think of the one of many gods in Hinduism when the term in used. Others will think of themselves or some other person in their life when talking about God. Christians think of the God-Yahweh and Jesus.
The only thing in common with each of these beliefs, is that the person attempts to follow his God’s every command. People believe that they are serving the true God(s).
Each person must choose who his God is. Choosing who that God is, means that the person will dedicate his life to that God and follow that God’s every command. He will allow his God to guide his every step.
As much as many want to believe that there are many gods, or that they are all the same god, this cannot be true. Each one teaches something different, so they cannot be the same. Only one of the gods is the true God.
God-Yahweh can be seen as the true God. There are no contradictions in His words. Time and again His words have been proven true.
Knowing this, then you should be making God-Yahweh, your one and only God. You need to be following Him with all of your life.
If God is the one true God, then you know that you can trust Him with everything. He is the One who made everything and is in control of everything. He is the perfect guide for your life.
There are map programs that are good, and then there are map programs that are much better or the best. Which one do you want to guide you on a trip?
You will want the one that will guide you perfectly, every time.
Is God your God? Make Him your God for ever and ever. Do not allow any other God’s in your life.
Are you allowing God to guide you? He is the perfect guide in this life.
I pray today that you will personally know God in your life; that you will allow God to guide your life; that you will never turn to others gods; and that you will know God’s direction in your life.
“You do not want to leave too, do you? Jesus asked the Twelve.” John 6:67
Jesus had just finished talking about that He is the bread of life and that people have to eat of His flesh and drink His blood to have that life. Many people chose to walk away from Him at that point. They had a hard time with His teaching. He then asks the disciples if they were going to walk away also.
You hear of people choosing to no longer follow Jesus a lot. The reasons for their choosing are many in number. Some it is because of some major loss. Others were hurt both other Christians or the church. Still others have a difficult time with the teachings of Jesus.
Ultimately choosing to not follow Jesus is due to the choice of refusing to accept His teachings. Jesus stated that there would be difficult times and hard choices to make. He had to go through massive persecution and had to make the choice to go through with the crucifixion. Jesus never asks you to do anything less or more than what He would do in your situation.
While there are many that completely walk away from Jesus, there are still many other believers who step away for a short time. They will choose to walk into sin even while the Holy Spirit is urging them not to do so.
Being willing to do a sinful act is choosing to leave Jesus for a time. Jesus cannot be with sin. If you are choosing to sin, you are also choosing to move away from Jesus and leave Him. Do not make that choice.
Realize that Jesus is the only one with true life. His teachings may be difficult at times, but they are worth it. He taught only what was needed to give you an abundant life here on earth and forever in heaven.
Are you seeking Jesus? Are you staying with Him? Are you accepting His teachings? Or are you walking away from Him?
I pray today that you will stay in the teachings of Jesus; that God will reveal the life He has for you; that you will know and follow Jesus all the way; and that you will pass on the teachings of Jesus.