devotional post # 2144
Hos 14:8 O Ephraim, why am I still having to deal with the idols? I am the who answers and looks after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; your fruitfulness comes from me.
Hos 14:9 Let whoever is wise understand these things; let whoever is discerning know them; because the roads of Yahveh are right, and the upright walk on them, but transgressors stumble on them.
frustrated or fruitful?
Hosea’s parting words are a final appeal for the Israelites to recognize that idolatry will only lead to fruitlessness and lack of direction. The LORD is the evergreen cypress who promises a fruitful life. The LORD has the right roads that they can walk on without stumbling. Everyone makes choices in life, and the LORD wants us all to know that he is the right choice.
LORD, here we are again, looking for you to guide us. We want to live fruitful, purposeful lives. Thank you for showing us the way.