A Forgotten God

Devotional

“She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, and went after her lovers; but Me she forgot,” says the Lord.”Hosea 2:13

The Lord, in Hosea 2, begins bringing His accusations against His people. God was using Gomer’s life as an illustration of the nation of Israel. Just as she left her husband, the people of Israel and Judah left Him. They were so wrapped up in their pursuits in this life, they forgot all about God, His providence, and eternity.

God tells the people, “I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said, these are my wages that my lovers have given me” (Hosea 2:12). The people were attributing the accumulation of all their wealth and possessions to foreign gods. To show them it was He alone who had control, the Lord was going to pull back His blessings upon them in hopes that they would return to Him. But, God never leaves emptiness. When the Lord brings accusations, He always leaves things on a positive note and a way of restoration.

This sounds to me like the modern day church. We, like the world, begin pursuing careers, paychecks, property, and other possessions. When those things start to become our gods, the Lord may allow some things to take place in our lives to capture our attention.

When we are sensing emptiness or feel that something is just off in our lives, it is an excellent time to step back and examine where we are at in our spiritual walk with Jesus. It could be that He is attempting to gain our attention and bring us back towards Him. He loves us and will go through great lengths to keep us with Him, even going so far as to die on the cross for our sins.

“The awareness of the presence of God will keep us from sin. It will chase our despair. It will enable us to rejoice in the darkest hour of our lives. Cultivate that awareness. Remember the One who has promised to be with us on the mountaintop, in the valley, and everywhere in between” – Chuck Smith

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