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June 29 – Hosea

Today is our last day of the Hosea study, but we will continue reading the minor prophets this summer.  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!

Today’s verse is from last week’s reading and is suggested for memorization.

Hosea 14:9

Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
    Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
    the righteous walk in them,
    but the rebellious stumble in them.

SOAP Note

Walk? Or Stumble? | Kathy Page

Scripture

Hosea 14:9

Observation

Hosea closes his prophecy with an appeal to listen, learn, and benefit from God’s Word.  There is nowhere else to turn for the correct path of life.  For those receiving the Lord’s message through Hosea, this meant the difference between life and death, and receiving all of God’s wonderful blessings He has for His people. Or, will the Israelites rebel yet again, rejecting God’s path? Going their own way and eventually stumbling over God’s path in their desire to do their own thing.  Remaining unmoved and stuck in their sin.  The choice is theirs to make.

Application

As I see it, in reading this book of Hosea, this is the same choice that you and I have today. Will we listen to what God’s Word is saying to us? Will we grow in wisdom and stature? Will we follow God’s ways, His plans for us? Or, will we refuse to walk His path, not seek His guidance, and go on our own path, our own way. If we choose to walk our own path, then we are “like deep darkness, not knowing what makes us stumble” (Prov. 14:9).

God judges sin, yes, but He shows mercy to the sinner. It is His unconditional, incomprehensible Love, and oh that amazing Grace He offers when we turn to Him and away from our sins! We should never be afraid to repent before our God, and seek His restoration. He is waiting, and He is listening.

Prayer

Father in Heaven, Thank You for filling me with Your power by Your Holy Spirit. I choose to feed my faith by declaring Your Word. I choose to walk in Your ways and honor You in everything I do.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Rom. 8:11)

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