Hosea 14:9: Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein.
God admonished Israel many times through the prophets that their works were evil in His sight. Israel had walked away from God to serve idols, mainly, the works of their own hands.
It would seem that with the Bible readily available in our country that most people would serve the one true God. Yet here we are 2,000 years after the cross, and we see evil, immorality and ungodly people in every walk of life. The idea of being moral and upright is not the norm. In fact, if you love and serve God, you are unique.
The world appears to be centered around whatever makes each person happy. For many, the throne in their heart is occupied by me, myself and I.
God will not share your heart with anyone; He alone must be on the throne. In 2 Timothy 3:1-4 many signs of last days are written. Some of these include: men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, and lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. We see this far too often in our world.
The words spoken by Hosea are as important to us as they were to the house of Israel. If we are wise we will know and understand the words written for us in the Bible.
In Proverbs 1:2 it is written: To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding. The prudent person will know God’s ways. Prudent indicates someone who is showing care and thought for the future.
None of us knows how long we have on this earth, but we must be aware of our future and what it holds. For the believer our hope is in eternal life that was given to “whosoever” believes. If that hope is in you, then you are not your own, you have been bought with a price. We have no other path to take then the ways of the Lord, which are right, and the just shall walk in them. Transgressors are those who choose not to obey the word of God, or those who have no knowledge of the ways of the Lord. The first group will fall because man has been given free will, the latter are the lost who the people of God are called to reach. The just are a light in this world, and there are many people you will come in contact with that God has called you to share Jesus with.
It’s not going to be easy but there is no greater joy that to be walking in God’s will and doing what He created you to do. That is, having a relationship with God and to be Christlike to the world around you.
Judy Onofri is with Father’s House Fellowship in North Port. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.