Hosea is a pretty depressing book in the Old Testament. It’s hard to see a verse, meditate on it and then apply it. But this verse jumped out at me for the sheer purpose of reflecting on the Israelites.
They are God’s chosen people. They’ve been given so much. Talk about entitled. They seem to have one line of sight and it’s forward. They never look back and looking back is key. We must remember what God has done for us – what he has helped us overcome. If we only have eyes that look ahead to more, and never look back at what has been accomplished, we will always want more and live without gratitude.
This is the story of the Israelites.
I think I am a bit fearful that I will become an Israelite one day. I certainly don’t desire that and am placing myself in His presence daily, but the world and all its pleasures has a way of enticing anyone who gives even a piece of his/her heart away. Which is why we must guard against that. We must Philippians 4:8 everything and steer clear of the world’s philosophies or we, too, will fall victim to ingratitude and worldliness.
May we always have our Holy Spirit radar operating and guiding us toward purity. May we follow God with our whole hearts all the days of our lives. Father, draw us to you.