what can we learn from the book of Hosea?
Have you read the book of Hosea lately?
During my quiet time with God, I decided to read the book of Hosea. I don’t particularly know if the Holy Spirit led me or just mere interest. Still, I went along and decided to read all fourteen chapters spread throughout the days.
And can I just say that this book presents heartbreak, hope, love, compassion, as well as honesty? The story revolves around Hosea and his wife Gomer, whom God displayed through them, specifically Hosea, as an allegory. God demonstrated his relationships with His people, the Israelites, and Judah, who have not acknowledged Him and went to worship or prostitute themselves to idol worship.
I am not going to tell you the whole story, but that is the basis of the story.
After reading the book, though, there was 3 truth I learned from reading the book of Hosea. From these facts, I learned who God truly is as Himself and the love He deeply has for His people.
This post is about what can we learn from the book of Hosea
First off, I urge you to ask and let the Holy Spirit guide you as you read this. He might, I hope, inspire you to understand God, yourself, or anything that might help you move closer to Jesus Christ. Amen? Amen. Okay then.
Let’s get started.
Our Own Desires Leads Us Away From God
How can our own thoughts, behavior, and attitudes lead us away from God?
Well, let’s think about it.
In the book of Hosea, the people of God, the Israelites, lacked the acknowledgment of God. They sought what they felt right to them, which led to worshipping false idols. They did what was right in their own eyes.
They placed their praise and worshipping on other things other than God.
If our thoughts, behaviors, and attitude lead us away from God, then that is not of God. If it is self-seeking, building up pride and ego, this is not the lifestyle we’re supposed to walk daily.
If our thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes move us closer to Him, then that is of God, through the Holy Spirit. It is humble and only abiding in God’s will.
The flesh gratifies the flesh while the Holy Spirit satisfies the will of God into our life.
“A spirit of prostitution was in their hearts; they do not acknowledge the LORD.” Hosea 5:4b NIV via bible gateway
God Is Compassionate & Loving
No matter how much He gets angry, His anger is but for a short moment. It never lasts. His desire for us is to love Him as He loves us. His will for us is to acknowledge Him at all times. I mean, He sent His Son to die for us so that we can believe and be reunited with Him once and for all.
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt, I called my son.” Hosea 11:1 NIV
God treats His people as His children. This leads me to remember John 1:12, where it says, “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
He desires us to have a relationship with Him. The sins that led us away from Him brought separation between Him and us. But for Him to give us a way to come back to Him through His One and Only Son…that’s a deep love to me.
God Is The God of Restitution
Through forgiveness and full acknowledgment of Him, He can restore what was once lost. And because of Jesus Christ, we can now go to the Father. Through Jesus Christ, we can reconnect with God.
To be vulnerable to Him.
To be honest with Him.
And to fully acknowledge Him for WHO HE IS!
The creator, the almighty, the God of peace, The GOD who fights for us!
Isn’t that wonderful?
I know that sometimes, we desire to seek comfort and even relief with things we can see. Not that anything is wrong with that. But let us all be reminded of the SOURCE that will help us overcome our daily struggles, which lead us to gain strength, receiving grace, provision, and protection.
So what can we do to lean on God more? Here are some verses to meditate on:
- Luke 10:27 – Because He wants you to desire Him
- Phillippians 4:6-7 – Because He desires to know what’s on your mind and give you peace
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Because He knows what best for you, and you should trust Him in the process
- 1 John 1:9 – Because not acknowledging Him leads us away from Him and into our own understanding
How have you acknowledged God today?
There you go! I hope this post blessed you.
Until Next Time, thrive with purpose.