Hosea 10:12 Seek The LORD

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

Hosea was describing Israel and how they had been a growing, powerful nation, but had chosen to walk away from God. They chose to follow idols rather than follow God. Now he is telling them that they must start sowing righteousness and love to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. The ground must be broken up. They are to seek God and His righteousness.

When a person has chosen to walk away from God, his heart has become a hardened ground, no longer sowing righteousness or love. Israel had become this way as they chose to do their own thing in rebellion to God. During the time of Israel, all righteousness was based on their own works for God. In the process of refusing to follow God, there would be no righteousness, thus no salvation.

Jesus brought the perfect righteousness to all people and is willing to shower it down on every person who accepts it. In order to accept His righteousness, one must turn from sin and strive to live for God a righteous life. The love that God is pouring out on a person, must be poured out again upon others. One must allow the Holy Spirit to break up the hardness of the heart living in sin, to be able to plant a living heart of flesh in his life.

Change must occur in the heart and life of a person, when he chooses to follow Jesus. The time to choose Jesus is now.

If you are not doing so already, it is time to follow Him with all of your heart. In this way you will be sowing righteousness and reaping the fruit of His unfailing love in your life and towards the lives of others. Jesus is ready to shower down His righteousness and holiness upon you, if you are willing to accept it.

As you seek Jesus, He will be found. Break up the ground of a sinful heart and make it one that is following Jesus. Take time each day to seek Jesus and know what He wants for you. He is coming again, and you do not want to be found not following Him.

I pray today that you will seek Jesus with all of your heart; that you will allow God to give you a heart of flesh; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will accept the righteousness of Jesus in your life; and that you will reap His unfailing love.

Hosea 9:2 The Food & Wine Will Fail

Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine will fail them. Hosea 9:2

Hosea was telling the people of Israel to not rejoice. They had been found guilty of committing many sins and rejecting God. Punishment was coming to them. Many in Israel felt that because their crops were so good, that they would be able to support themselves and did not need God at all. They are warned that everything will fail them.

Farmers go out and plant huge fields of crops for food. They expect the crops to come in large enough to be able to feed their own family and sell a lot to others for more money, so they can get wealthy and feed more people.

On the surface this looks like it would provide for needs of all the people everywhere to get enough food. However, without God, those crops will not always come through as the farmer may expect. God has to be the one to provide the right amount of water and sunshine for those crops to grow. As people refuse to follow God and give Him all the credit, God pulls His hand of favor away and the crops will not grow as well, which will not feed the people.

Not every person grows food for themselves or for a profit. People use other things to make a profit and provide for themselves. Working many different types of jobs, people strive to have large bank accounts in order to provide for all of their needs. In the same way, if they are not following God and allowing Him to be in control, the bank accounts will fail. There will not be enough money to provide for all the needs one may have.

Life consists of more than just food and drink. One needs the nourishment of God and His word in his life on a daily basis.

As you are going through your life, what are you expecting to nourish you? Is it the food you buy with the money your job provided?

Or is it God providing through your job and His grace and mercy?

Keep your eyes and life focused on God and allow Him to be the one in control. Then God will provide for all of your needs. Your hands will work and be prosperous for your needs and the needs of others. Without God, they will fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that God will provide for others through you; and that God will receive all the credit for the blessings in your life.

Hosea 8:2-4 A False Acknowledgement of God

Israel cries out to me, ‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’ But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him. They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction. Hosea 8:2-4

Israel claimed to acknowledge God and serve Him, yet they rejected His ways. They chose to do their own thing and made idols to worship and follow. All these things led to their destruction.

America for many years, as a nation, claimed to know God and claimed to be under God’s supervision. Over the years more and more people have turned their backs on God. Only recently does the nation as a whole claim that it is no longer a nation under God. The views and actions of the nation as a whole reject God and His ways. They are choosing to worship idols and do their own thing.

Nations are made up of people, so it is the people who guide how the nation as a whole does things. It is the people who choose whether to follow God or not. It is people who allow the leaders to choose to follow God or not.

Each week there are churches filled with people who claim to acknowledge God. They claim to be believers. Yet, in their day-to-day routines, they reject God and refuse to follow His ways. They choose to be rebellious, arrogant, proud, hateful, sinful, drunk, immoral, liars, and any other sin out there, just as the world does. If one was to look at them and the world, he would see nothing different between them.

Claiming to acknowledge God is easy, it is just using a few words to say something. Living that life acknowledging God is different. It requires action to follow the words. It requires a turning away from sin. It requires loving the enemy. It requires being different than the world.

Only you, can know whether you acknowledge God in truth or lies. Where is your heart when it comes to acknowledging God? Is it just something to do because it looks or sounds good? Or are you truly living your life for God?

Seek to know God and follow Him with all of your life, not just in words. Be separate from this world, though in it.

I pray today that you will follow God with all of your heart; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus in this world; that you will reject sin and follow God’s ways; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

Hosea 7:10 Being Arrogant

Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this  he does not return to the LORD his God or search for him. Hosea 7:10

Israel was God’s chosen people. God had personally selected them to be His people and to reveal Himself to the world through them. Since they were God’s chosen people, the people felt that they were extra special and could do whatever they wanted. They felt that they were the best and above all wrong, regardless of what they did. In this process they refused to turn to God or even search for Him.

Being labeled as arrogant is not a term that most people would want to be given. It is a term that is negative in its connotation. Being called arrogant means one is very stuck on himself and thinks that he is the best or better than anyone else. A lot of times people say an arrogant person has his nose stuck up in the air, because he is looking down on everyone else.

Over the years there have been many different famous people who were very arrogant in their words. Sports players, movie stars, singers, and politicians have been labeled or seen as very arrogant. Yet, many of these same people have fallen down and crushed. Often because of someone better than them, others because of some crime that they committed. They feel as though they are so good, that they can do no wrong or will be let off the hook on it.

Sadly, this same type of arrogance occurs in the church, just as it did with Israel. Leaders in the church feel as though they are the best. Individuals in the church carry the label of “Christian” and feel as though they can do no wrong at all.

Many believers have some success in their life, then suddenly stop seeking God, because they feel as though it was all their own work. They become very arrogant.

Take a look at your own life. Who gave you the ability to do what you do? Who opened the doors to allow you to do what you do?

It was not you who gave you all these things, it was God. As you go through your day, each day, seek God and what He wants. Do not allow yourself to think that you did it on your own or that you are the best. Let God have all that glory.

I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will allow God to work through you; and that you will know it is by God’s power that you are here.

Hosea 6:3 Press In To Acknowledge The Lord

Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3

Israel was unfaithful to God and had forsaken Him by following after many different idols. God chose to punish them, by placing them into exile under the control of other nations. Hosea is putting out a call to the people to turn back to God and acknowledge Him.

Despite the punishment, God was ready to revive them and restore them. His prophecy looks forward to the time of Jesus dying on the cross, then raising from the dead to restore them. It was going to come, just like the rains come and they were to look forward to it.

As the rains stops for a time and the ground dries up, it appears as though God has forgotten His people. There are cracks in the ground and the crops are not growing. It appears as though they are completely rejected. Yet, the rains will come again in the right time.

When there are many troubles and people have turned away from God, it is difficult for many people to be willing to acknowledge God. They feel that because of all the troubles, God is not in control and they seek their help from somewhere else, other gods.

Yet, God is always working on behalf of all people. His goal is to revive everyone to live for Him and have a full life. There will come a time when He will appear in the life of a believer and bring relief, just like the rains bring relief to the ground. Just as one can trust that the rains will come to water the ground, one can trust Jesus will return and be there.

Acknowledge that God knows what is best for your life. Acknowledge that He is the King and the One who is in control. Push to let others know this information. Allow God to be first in every area of your life. As that happens, God will come near to you. He will show Himself in and through you.

Acknowledge God today, so that He will be able to acknowledge you when Jesus returns.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will acknowledge God in all that you do; that you will know God’s presence; and that God will revive you to a full life with Him.