The point that is repeated in Hosea 4 is the “rejection of knowledge” and the downfall due to this rejection. Let’s take a closer look at these verses in order to define rejection of knowledge.
There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land. Hosea 4:1
So, this knowledge includes being faithful to God through obedience, loving God and engaging in a relationship with God through time and intimacy, and even the very acknowledgment of God’s presence. I don’t know how many of you do this, but I know that I do: forgetting to acknowledge God. Even at times when I am being faithful and obedient, I will lose sight of God’s presence and movement in my life. As posted in the last entry, the wind of God is ever-moving and ever changing. That is why it is necessary to stay connected to God through intimacy and prayer, to know the very movements of God. Our strength flows through this very connection. We must acknowledge God in everything that we do. He is the reason that we live, breathe, go to work, love people. Everything good comes from Him, and all glory is His.
Hosea 4:5-7 again mentions many times a lack of knowledge. “You stumble day and night…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…Because you have rejected knowledge…because you have ignored the law of your God, I will also ignore your children” When we ignore our relationship with God and his guidance, we are walking around like blind fools. God is no longer the director of our life, and what ensues is chaos and destruction. When left to our own devices, we are evil and unfocused. God’s word and direction guides our life so that we walk on the path of our destiny. His word focuses our life and energy into a well guided missle. When our light is dissipated, it has no strength, but when it is focused by a sovereign God, it is as penetrating and powerful as a laser. This is where the ‘fear of God’ comes in. It is not mainly a fear of God’s judgements (although that is part of it), but a healthy fear of what life would be like without Him. I do not ignore His laws or commands because I know in my heart that He knows ALL, and He knows what is best for me. It is this trust that allows me to happily obey. This is the trust that Israel had lost… even the priests. So, they no longer obeyed. They no longer feared God. They had forgotten to acknowledge His goodness and Fatherhood.
A people without understanding will come to ruin! Hosea 4:14
The Israelites had, as a nation, accepted the Caananite religion and had turned to Baal worship. Not only did they not obey God, acknowledge God, or seek to intimately know God, but they had turned their spiritual affections toward other ‘gods’. As a nation, they were headed toward destruction. As our country continues to make decisions that are in direct opposition to God’s word and law, and nations rise up to oppose Irael, we are a people that should heed this verse. When a nation is acknowledging and seeking intimacy with God, the direction of the nation will be positive. But when a nation does not… it will be destroyed.
I know from personal experience, when I do not acknowledge God has the lord of my life in every area, my life begins to take a downward spiral into chaos and destruction. But when e seek God and make him lord over every area, our lives stay on course with the law and word of God lighting the path of our destiny, sharpening us like a sword, empowering us with focus and direction, and filling us with love.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times that I have not acknowledged You- Your will, Your ways, Your commands, and Your spirit’s leading. As a nation, I pray your forgiveness for the ways that we have violated your law. God, I acknowledge You, and I seek to know you intimately. I want you to trust me and feel safe with me so that the inner emotions of God will be revealed to me. I understand that my purpose is in you. My very breath this moment is only so that I can serve You. Direct and focus my life so that I will be an instrument of God. I need You. I need You so much. You are my everything. My all in all. I give my life to know you more and to serve You. May all that I do be to glorify You.
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