Hosea 12—14, Revelation 4 • Key Verse: Hosea 14:9
We make choices every day about a multitude of things, some of which are of little or no consequence. But some of our choices are of great significance. How well we choose can set us apart from the crowd. The person who makes good choices will be known for his wisdom and discernment.
Hosea concludes with a statement that describes the wise person. This truth summarizes well the choice every one of us should make. He says that the wise, prudent person should understand that “the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them” (14:9).
Choose to accept the truth that the ways of the Lord are right. That is the crucial decision that needs to precede all others. The Bible teaches us the ways of the Lord. We need to read it and learn it with an attitude of acceptance. God’s ways are right.
Then choose to act on the truth that the ways of the Lord are right. Accepting is one thing, acting is another. Someone may agree but not practice. The wise person does more than just agree with truth— he lives it. That is the crucial next step. Transgressors, on the other hand, do not walk in the ways of the Lord and they stumble. Choose wisely and prudently. Choose the ways of the Lord.
We must read, learn and live the Word. Today renew your commitment before God that you will choose His ways.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony beckett