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.