I wasn't going to post this morning, but in my quiet time, I read a verse that stuck out to me and I wanted to share it with you.
First, a little back story: I finished reading Hosea today. It's an unusual look into God's perspective of Israel and their affairs with other idols (idolatry). In the last chapter Hosea, speaking for God, straight out tells Israel to return to God. Their calamity is because of their sin. Hosea even tells them what to say so that God will turn His anger away from Israel.
God said that if they repented, He would make them grow and blossom, among other things.
The last verse of chapter 14 is what struck me this morning. Verse 9 says, "Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of the Lord are right and the [uncompromisingly] just shall walk in them, but transgressors shall stumble and fall in them." (AMP)
I could expound, and maybe even wax eloquent, about what I believe this verse says, but I'm going to let you think about words, and let the Lord work in your heart.
Father, may Your words not return void. May they bring understanding to our hearts and minds, and repentance to our spirits. Let Your love shine through us today, for we can not truly love others without You. Amen.
SELAH (pause and meditate)
Now that you've had a moment, what do YOU think the above verse is saying?
Ps 91 (NKJV)
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the perilous pestilence.4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,6 nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.