Archive for March 10th, 2008

Hosea 8

The last half of Hosea 8 brings some strong truth about what God expects from us if we are going to live in deep relationship.  God points out that they were doing things:

1.       Without asking

2.       Without letting Him in on it

Whoops. I might be guilty of that myself.  Do you realize that God desires to be part of what we do moment by moment?  He wants us to ask for His direction.  He is like a compass – always there to give us direction if we will only take time to look.  But sometimes I treat Him like a compass I have put in my pocket and only pull out if I can’t figure out which way to go.  Why not build the habit of checking the compass first, rather than getting down the road and figuring out much later I went the wrong way?  That is what God desires.  He wants to be involved in our life continually – giving us direction all along the way.  Hosea is quick to point out that when we chose not to be obedient we are “going to reap the consequences” of our lives.  There is a price to pay for being disobedient to God’s plan.  There is a price to pay for sin.  So what is the problem – we don’t pay attention.  This verse really hit me square between the eyes: “I write out my revelation for them in detail and they pretend they can’t read it”.  More and more it is becoming obvious that God has already told me 98% of what I need to know to be obedient in His Word.  Yes there are certainly plenty of specifics I need His direction on along the way, but if I only know and live what He has already told me in the Bible, I am going to be on track most of the time.  Problem is I don’t spend nearly enough time reading and applying what He has already said.  I need to do a lot better job of that rather than going on about how I need to know God’s will for this decision or that.  He has been very clear in many, many areas already.  I need to choose to live in obedience to that instruction every day and then seek the few specifics He needs to clarify from there.  But like these people in Israel, I somedays have “forgotten his maker and gotten busy”.  I allow the busyness of life to crowd out the time to read, study and follow God’s already stated will for my life through His Word.  No excuse my friends.  God has given us a roadmap to follow.  He expects we do exactly that.  It is not going to work to claim ignorance when He has already spoken His truth clearly about so very many things.  Time to dig in and understand what He has already told us to do.  Open that Bible and be obedient to His commands.  Today!

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