Hosea 4:1-2 “1 Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel, for the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the land. 2 There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.”
As I was reading Hosea today, it sounded like America. We have turned our backs on God, yet cry out to Him when something bad happens. We beg for deliverance from a God we shun most of the time. City, state and national leaders will lead prayer vigils after a major disaster, but will vote to stop prayers from happening at a football game. We are just like Israel and Judah.
We are quick to criticize Judah for not seeing the judgment that fell on Israel. But here we are, over 2000 years later, and we are ignoring it all. And it’s not only America. I can only speak for where I live. But our world is in desperate need of deliverance. There is only one Deliverer, Jesus Christ. So, what do we do?
We must teach our children the truth of God’s Word and the importance of confession of sin. We must show our children how to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord by truly living it. We must share the Gospel with everyone we meet. We must be the watchman on the wall shouting warnings of coming judgment to a lost and dying world.
“Wow, Carl! I normally read this devotion to get encouraged. You’ve got me all depressed today.” Sorry about that. But I can only write about what I am reading at the time. Hosea warns us to turn to the Lord. Have we done that? Are you doing that? Are you pointing your children toward Him?
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of “playing church.” I want to live a life that honors Him. I have made too many stupid mistakes in my life. I want to live the rest of my life loving as many people as possible to Jesus. Will you join me? Then start right at home with your spouse and your children. Love them to Jesus.