For the summer months, we are reading the minor prophets, starting with Hosea. Our 3-week Hosea reading plan reveals the character of God and comes from the She Reads Truth blog. Click HERE to go to the website for the reading plan and a devotion to go with each reading. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
I Knew You in the Wilderness – Hosea 13:1-16
The Lord’s Anger Against Israel
When Ephraim spoke, people trembled;
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My bible notes say Hosea’s main hearers were those of the northern kingdom of Israel. After the reign of Jeroboam 2, the kingdom was in a state of great moral and spiritual decay. The Israelites had begun worshiping the Canaanite god of fertility, Baal. The Lord would use Hosea to call his people to repentance and back to Himself.
I love my woman’s bible. At the end of each book there is a “Written on my heart” – Hosea… Perhaps you do not bow down to a hand-carved idol as the Israelites were doing, but you may find yourself serving and worshiping at the feet of self or the world from time to time. God’s faithful love does not falter even in the midst of your deplorable trysts away from Him. He still loves you and often brings discipline to your life through Sin’s consequences. Hosea reminds his readers that redemption is never too far away to receive. Some may feel their sins are too great or too many, but God’s grace is there to restore even the worst of sinners. Hosea points all to Christ’s love. While Hosea went to great lengths to restore his marriage to Gomer, the Lord went even further for you. He did not even spare His own Son, Jesus, but gave Him so that you and I might come into a right relationship with God himself.
Thank You, Lord, for showing me throughout the book of Hosea, to take a close look at what things I’m putting above you, the things I’m worshiping instead of you and for helping me to want to put You first each day. Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.