Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hosea 13:9 -- On God's Help

"O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help."
Hosea 13:9

Reading this today reminded me of how much we trouble we heap on our own heads.  We like to blame things on circumstance or fate or say "the devil made me do it" or whatever, and certainly there are things that happen that we have no say in.  However, the vast majority of our problems seem to be self-inflicted at least to some extent.  We make a mistake, we realize it, sometimes we know ahead of time that it is a mistake and walk into it.  And then we keep making it, or make a similar one, and somehow we wonder why our lives seem to be going wrong. :)
In this chapter, God is talking to Israel, which is pretty much all of us, because we are adopted into that line as we become the sons and daughters of God by joining his church and following the gospel.  And we have destroyed ourselves, both collectively and individually, in many symbolic ways such as sinning and rejecting God in our lives.  But despite that, God tells us to turn to him, because in him is our help.  Even after our rebellion and sin, God stands ready to forgive us and help us and take us back, if we will humble ourselves and return, and work to change our ways.
Today, let's remember where our help is, and let's turn away from our self-destruction and accept it.

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