Three Missing Essentials


The story of Hosea the prophet is illustrative of God’s love for an unfaithful people and His quest to restore that people to Himself.  In the fourth chapter of Hosea, the Bible declares that”cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and adultery are rampant; one act of bloodshed follows another.” (Hosea 4:2).  The verse before that terrible but accurate description of the land in that day as well as of the land in our day provides a clue to the cause of such calamity.  First, Hosea declares through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that “There is no truth”.  The people had come to a point where they were unwilling to acknowledge that God’s Word is Truth.  His Truth is absolute.  There is no shadow of turning with Him.  Sadly, we too have departed from the principle that God’s Word remains True.  Next, the Holy Spirit proclaims through Hosea “there is no faithful love”.  People claim to love one another but in reality we prove by our actions that we love only ourselves.  The other person is always wrong and we are always right.  We hold grudges and choose to not forgive rather than to truly love as the Bible commands us.  Even in marriages of our day we often see unfaithful love manifested.  Finally, Hosea prophetically announces that there is “no knowledge of God in the land”.  I am convinced that far too many people, especially preachers of our day, have a knowledge about God rather than an actual knowledge of God Himself.  When we know Him, we know life.  When we just know about Him, we have yet to really learn about life.  Perhaps instead of another “bailout” or a costly and ineffective “health reform” plan, our government would do better to invest in bringing these three missing essentials back into our society?

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~ by brotherfaron on August 14, 2009.

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