Week 8, Friday: God scripts Israel’s way back to Him
The people of Israel were so far gone from the Lord that, in order to restore them to Himself, He would have to give them the words to say.
Read Hosea 14
Meditate on Hosea 14.1-3
1. God does not merely command His people to do something. He gives them His Word to guide them in how. How can you see that in this passage?
2. What did God want Israel to remember and proclaim concerning Him?
3. What did He want them to remember and proclaim concerning the gods and nations they trusted before?
4. What did He want them to remember and proclaim concerning themselves?
5. God commands us to seek Him, worship Him, and serve Him. What should be the role of His Word in showing us how to do each of these?
Sinful people cannot figure out their own way back to God. Unless He reveals the way, and guides His sinful people in it, they will continue to flounder in their sins. It is yet another indicator of the enormity of God’s grace that, in restoring His people to Himself, He empowers them to carry out their responsibility toward Him.
With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
For You will save the humble people,
But will bring down haughty looks.
For You will light my lamp;
The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
For by You I can run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the LORD is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
For who is God, except the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God?
T. M. Moore
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