Daily Archives: June 10, 2019

June 10 – Hosea

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!

Not My People – Hosea 2:1-13

“Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’

Israel Punished and Restored

“Rebuke your mother, rebuke her,
    for she is not my wife,
    and I am not her husband.
Let her remove the adulterous look from her face
    and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
Otherwise I will strip her naked
    and make her as bare as on the day she was born;
I will make her like a desert,
    turn her into a parched land,
    and slay her with thirst.
I will not show my love to her children,
    because they are the children of adultery.
Their mother has been unfaithful
    and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
    who give me my food and my water,
    my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’
Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;
    I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
    she will look for them but not find them.
Then she will say,
    ‘I will go back to my husband as at first,
    for then I was better off than now.’
She has not acknowledged that I was the one
    who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,
who lavished on her the silver and gold—
    which they used for Baal.
“Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens,
    and my new wine when it is ready.
I will take back my wool and my linen,
    intended to cover her naked body.
10 So now I will expose her lewdness
    before the eyes of her lovers;
    no one will take her out of my hands.
11 I will stop all her celebrations:
    her yearly festivals, her New Moons,
    her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals.
12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees,
    which she said were her pay from her lovers;
I will make them a thicket,
    and wild animals will devour them.
13 I will punish her for the days
    she burned incense to the Baals;
she decked herself with rings and jewelry,
    and went after her lovers,
    but me she forgot,”
declares the Lord.

Extra Reading: Ezekiel 21:1-7

SOAP Note

Acknowledgement | Becky Newman

Scripture

Hosea 2:8

Observation

Today’s reading is about how each choice we make to sin drives our thoughts further from You, to the point that we forget to acknowledge You as Creator, Sustainer, and Provider. When we forget, You try to make us remember — You are God, not these things we have put in Your place.

Application

The last couple of weeks, busyness at work, remodeling work, kids home from school, and personal yuck to deal with have disrupted my spiritual routine. I’ve probably prayed more, but I’ve definitely been in Your Word less. The less time I spend with You in Your Word, the less in tune I am with Your will. I can ask and ask and ask some more until I’ve exhausted every petition, but when am I listening? To acknowledge You in everything, I need to take time to listen. And with more disruption starting due to our vacation, this reminder from You is timely, as always, every time I take the time to listen.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness and grace, as You remind us of in Hosea 1:10-11. Thank You for this reminder to make sure I’m listening too. May I never forget You, in anything. You are my Creator, Sustainer, and Provider; all that I have is from You. Thank You for Your provision and protection. Open my eyes and my family’s eyes to all that You have created, sustained, and provided as we take a break from the norm and head out on vacation to the beautiful state of Washington. Keep me listening. And thank You for this interruption.

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