Very few people awoke this morning and said to themselves: "I think I will read Hosea this morning in the Old Testament!" It is kinda buried in the Prophets section. As part of my reading plan this morning, I ran across Chapter 4:6. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge".
The entire book is a metaphor of how Israel how abandoned their vows to God and chased after other gods. Hosea marries a prostitute, and has 3 kids with her. But she runs away from the marriage, and chases other lovers. He is left with the kids, then told to go find her and bring her back to him. Just so God intends to buy back his people after they suffer for a while for being unfaithful to Him.
But it is the "destroyed for lack of knowledge" that has my attention this morning. Our nation has a rich history of worshiping the True God, yet in this post-Christian America all that richness is being ripped out, one root at a time. We pursue "stuff" as an empty substitute for knowing and obeying God. We are a mighty nation, yet suicide, depression, and darkness are on the rise. Why aren't we satisfied as a people? Because we lack purpose, and settle for a daily slog through our days, just hoping to get to a better day tomorrow. Which never comes. And we are being "destroyed for lack of knowledge". Wrong is becoming right in our land, and the old ways are being supplanted by foolish men and women who care not about God.
How can you know someone unless you spend time with them? After 30 years of marriage, my wife will still surprise me with something from time to time. But because we like to spend time together, I welcome those surprises. I know her heart is for me, not against me.
So spend some time today with the Lover of your soul today, Your Creator. He certainly wants to show how much He loves you. Not out of ritual and "have to". But "want to". Paul instructed Timothy to study to show himself approved unto God, a workman not ashamed of what he knows. Can we do the same today?