Saturday, July 27, 2019

Hosea 3 & 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Hosea 3 & 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • These chapters continue the theme of this book: God uses Hosea's relationship with women to make a point about Israel's relationship with God.
  • In chapter 3, Hosea takes back his wife, who committed adultery. He tells her that she is going to stay with him, but she cannot participate in any form of sexual activity for an extended time, because she needs to break free from her habitual prostitution and adultery.
  • In chapter 4, Hosea warns the people of Israel that, by worshipping idols, they are behaving like prostitutes. They claim to love God, yet put their faith in false gods and teachings. God uses Hosea to warn the people of Israel that if they do not turn from their ways, destruction will befall them. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Even if we don't worship idols or false Gods, we can still "cheat" on God. If there's an area of your life where you know God should be a bigger priority, but you don't take action to give him a more prominent role, you're failing to show him the love you should.
  • When we identify part of our life that is focused on something or someone other than God, we should take bigger steps to make God the center of our life.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Have you started spending less time reading the Bible or talking to God, and more time scrolling through social media? Have you been making decisions based more on money than on what God wants you to do? Have you begun (or continued) an unhealthy relationship with someone who is pulling you away from God?
  • These are all examples of unfaithfulness to God -- they become idols that take God's positions in our life.
  • Commit today to reorient your life around God, and ask him to help you eliminate the idols that have grown taller in your life.