Ways of the Lord

Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;

Whoever is discerning, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the righteous will walk in them,
But transgressors will stumble in them. — Hosea 14:9

Are you stumbling along through life? Seek Jesus and walk in His righteousness. He leads on a well lit path of discernment and wisdom.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Luxuriant Cypress

O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like a luxuriant cypress;
From Me comes your fruit. — Hosea 14:8

Want to be fruitful, have someone looking over you (protection, best interest, etc.), and who answers you? Turn to the One who cares, loves, and knows all things. No idol in your life can do that.

Are you seeking the God who is waiting to be your ALL?

Continuing seeking Him,

Sharon

Old Testament Salvation

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,

For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
Take words with you and return to the Lord.
Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity
And receive us graciously,
That we may present the fruit of our lips.
“Assyria will not save us,
We will not ride on horses;
Nor will we say again, ‘Our god,’
To the work of our hands;
For in You the orphan finds mercy.” — Hosea 14:1-3

I love God’s Word. The salvation message right here in this Old Testament book.

Turn to God: return to the Lord your God.
Turn (repent) from our sin: “take words with you and return to the Lord”
Confess: “Say to Him, ‘take away all iniquity”
Receive His grace: “receive us graciously”
Bring God praises and tell others of His saving grace: “That we may present the fruit of our lips”
And trust in Him alone, not ourselves nor others: “Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses; nor will we say again, ‘Our god’, to the work of our hands;

Thank You Lord God that this orphan, me, has found Your mercy. Have you found God’s mercy and received His grace? He calls you from the pages of His Word, even in the Old Testament.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Destruction or Help

It is your destruction, O Israel,
That you are against Me, against your help. –Hosea 13:9

Most people will agree that “Life is hard”. Some see more hardships than others. Some blame God thinking they deserve blessing but only see hardship. Sin has brought the hardships. I believe some hardships come to get our attention, some bring the growth of perseverance and trust in the Lord, and some is for discipline, consequences for our actions.

Some stay away, run from, deny Christ because “He hasn’t blessed me, given me anything”. Denial of God is definitely denying our help in life. God’s help.

Evaluation time. . . Are hardships you are experiencing now –God trying to get your attention, trials that are growing you or are you denying God?

God is our help in times of trouble. Are you seeking Him?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Only One

Yet I have been the Lord your God
Since the land of Egypt;
And you were not to know any god except Me,
For there is no savior besides Me.
I cared for you in the wilderness,
In the land of drought.
As they had their pasture, they became satisfied,
And being satisfied, their heart became proud;
Therefore they forgot Me. — Hosea 13:4-6

There is no good satisfaction other than God alone. The God of Israel. Savior of all.

Where are you seeking your satisfaction?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon