Tuesday, April 11
But you have planted wickedness,
you have reaped evil,
you have eaten the fruit of deception.
Because you have depended on your own strength
and on your many warriors. (Hosea 10:13)
I don’t have a lot of upper body strength. Never have. The rope climbing unit in gym class was the worst. I had one teacher who thought it might help me to start higher up the rope, so he lifted me onto his shoulders and had me grab on. There I hung. (And not for very long.) Same weak arms, just higher up. So depending on my own strength isn’t going to happen.
I also do not have any soldiers at my disposal, warriors to send out to do my bidding. Would be cool, but I imagine none of you do, either. So I guess we can overlook this verse, yes?
Unless there are other things that we might be tempted to depend on. Things we might rely on above God and His word.
A professor, maybe?
A boyfriend or girlfriend?
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. (Hosea 14:9)
Are you stumbling on the Word of God? Do you have trouble reconciling it with what you are being told or what you “know”?
Maybe you have “eaten the fruit of deception”?
I pray regularly that if my understanding is wrong, that God would correct me. I ask Him to show me where I’m wrong. Sadly, though my arms are weak, my ego is strong, and it’s been hard to admit that at times I’ve been mistaken.
Make that your prayer today. Ask God to show you if you’ve been deceived. And be willing to act on what He shows you.