Focus verses: Hosea 8:1-14
God has spelled out the sins of His children. You see, He created man with a free will, and He will not override that freedom. That is the only place where we can limit God. Our free will is a double-edged sword.
If we choose wisely, we can live in God’s approval. If we choose wrongly, we reap His disapproval. It’s a frightening thought.
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.
This passage looks like it was written for the United States in these days. We leave God out of our politics and business dealings. We have done so for many years. We set up goals – all based on money in some fashion. Our politicians are not public servants as the early presidents were, but many are seeking self-aggrandizing power. Our businesses are built on greed. The consequences for this behavior are dire.
They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour.
In Kansas, we know the whirlwind. It’s power is terrible, and it’s path seems capricious. It is unpredictable. If one comes your way, you can only take shelter and pray. If it hits, you can expect enormous destruction. The hail that frequently accompanies those storms can thresh a field of wheat as it stands so that there is no harvest for the sower.
Do we not see the parallel? When we neglect God, when we put other things ahead of Him, we can only expect negative consequences.
Show us the right paths. Keep us seeking You and Your instructions at all times. We would be faithful, not faithless.