Verse of the Day


"Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel! The Lord has brought charges against you, saying, ‘There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge o f God in your land.’"

~Hosea 4:1


Today's Devotional Thought

March 14, 2011 by Wendy Foreman



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Are You Being Unfaithful to God?

Have you ever been unfaithful to the Lord? Are you being unfaithful now?

Today, we are going to look at a less popular book of the Bible. The book of Hosea was written to show us how the Israelites had strayed from the Lord and how they were in a land worshipping other gods and living a lifestyle contrary to the Lord’s instruction. We know that this book was written by the prophet Hosea who had been instructed by the Lord to marry a prostitute and as you read about the relationship of Hosea and Gomer, you can see the the parallel between that relationship and the relationship between Israel and God. This book is about redemption. We see that the Israelites were not living for the Lord and they were warned of the consequence of that, but as the pages of Hosea unfold we begin to see the forgiveness and redemption of our Lord.

Have you ever been unfaithful to the Lord? Are you being unfaithful now?

For many of us, we quickly claim that we aren’t unfaithful to the Lord. We don’t outwardly question him or challenge him like the Israelites did repeatedly. But, let me challenge you to look at unfaithfulness a little deeper. Being unfaithful to God can be very subtle and is any time we put something in his place. Our money, our possessions, our friends and family all can take the place of God in our lives. And these can take the place of God temporarily or for some of us, we may have long periods of our life where the things of this world swayed us, much like the Israelites.

When we look at the Israelites, we see that they were unfaithful to God often. The Israelites had been unfaithful to God by worshipping baal and by being involved in the sin of the city they were living. The activity of the Israelites was very much like adultery: unfaithfulness to their Lord.

When we look at the story of Hosea, we see that his wife, Gomer was unfaithful to him repeatedly and he went after her each time because he loved her. What a beautiful and somewhat inconceivable picture of what God does for us. Just like Hosea repeatedly pursued and desired a relationship with his unfaithful wife, God pursues and wants a relationship with us. Yes, we live and do things that are wrong and we many times suffer the consequences of it because it is sin, but God loves us and is waiting for us to return to him. He is there with open arms full of undying, unchanging love every time.

What have you put in the place of Jesus in your life? I am encouraged as I read Scripture and discover that even the disciples, who were closest to Jesus, made mistakes and there were many others that would get caught up in the world in which they lived. In every case when those men and women went back to the Lord and repented, their sin was forgotten and forgiven (as far as the east is from the west). Ladies, take the time today to make sure that things are right between you and the Lord. Make sure that you are being faithful to him, that you are spending the time with him that you need to and not allowing anything else in your life to interfere with your relationship with him. God is waiting for you to return to him. God is faithful to you. Be faithful to him.


Memorize this verse today:

"Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel! The Lord has brought charges against you, saying, ‘There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge o f God in your land.’"
~Hosea 4:1



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