Vanity and Idolatry

The Reading for Today: Hosea 12

What do you do that is vain and unfulfilling? Are there activities in your life that do not satisfy you, leaving the depth areas of your spirit without nourishment? Vanity is a form of idolatry. God will not remove its consequences. We often need pain to seek and find the Lord.

Ephraim was the last son of Joseph, the “youngest” tribe of Israel. The name stands for the whole of the Chosen People who have gone astray. By referring to the youngest son, Hosea wants us to feel the tenderness that God has for all the people. For God’s people and for you personally, the Lord does not want us to feed on the futility of the wind (v. 1).

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This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks
in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets, currently reading Hosea.

2 thoughts on “Vanity and Idolatry

  1. When I think of Ephraim, Judah and Jacob in this passage from the book of Hosea I am struck by the different levels of infidelity that each tribe fell into and separation from God, some with greater sin than others, yet God calls them all back to Himself with the same remedy to fix their dilemma of brokenness and need for a restored relationship with Him. In Hosea 12: God says: “Return to your God with faithful love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”

    Now when I think of my most Depraved days , me lost in sin, separated from God by my own choices and wandering in spiritual Idolatry, I wonder how I did not come to my senses sooner! Of course, hindsight is like 20-20 vision, only to late!

    My Thoughts are no longer focused on myself these days, as I have learned to wait on the Lord. Many years ago I recognized that my life was in need and somehow in the fog of the competing Idols of my life I saw a beam of light and recognized that light as the Lord Jesus Christ, God Himself who I needed to return to!

    I am thankful for that day, although I must say I am thankful for every day since then as I have walked out my life in His light.

    It does not matter how long you have wandered up till now, nor is there something you have done that the Lord your God is not willing to forgive you of, He is talking to you right now just like he spoke to Judah, “return to Me,” ” be faithful to Me” ”Now Love ME” “Now begin to Love with True Justice.”

    When you call out to the Lord and you step out into His light of truth and make a decision to “Return to Him and leave all your Idols behind, it is then that your eyes will be transformed to see that true justice. True justice is when you begin to seek it for others, it becomes more important than anything else, even yourself centered idols.

    Of all the things the Lord has taught me over these years since I returned to Him from my unfaithfulness, the most important one is this: I need to have a heart like His, a heart that loves others like He does, even when they are lost in the fog of their own self-centered sin, even when that sin is against me, even when it lashes out at me!
    I need to see Justice like He see’s justice, with forgiveness, mercy and grace found only in the Glorious light of blood of Christ shed on the Cross that covers sin and opens a new day into a renewed relationship with God. I have learned to wait on the Lord continually for those I love, those who are still out there in the Fog. My hope is that my life might be like that light I got a glimpse of once, that light that made a difference.
    Can you read the words of the God who loves you long enough while the light flickers?
    “Return to your God (the door is open) with faithful love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”

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