Read Hosea 8:1 through 14:9
God desires for a restored, renewed relationship with His creation. He has been patient even when sending disastrous circumstances to cause people to turn back to Him. However, left to their own inclinations, people will not follow the ways of God.
During the time of the judges in Israel’s history “everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 17:6). When this got them into trouble, they would eventually cry out to God for deliverance. God would intervene, but it wasn’t long before they went back to their evil ways.
Only God can turn around our natural bent toward sin. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33).
The bottom line: God wants us to be wise and walk in His ways.
Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them (Hosea 14:9).
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, keep me looking to You for wisdom.
Quicklook: Hosea 14:4–9
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