Failing the Test of Prosperity, Part II

Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.  I did know there in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.  According to their pasture, so were they filled; and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.

Hosea 13:4-6

We looked yesterday at the fact that one of the reasons for God’s judgment on Israel was their forgetting Him in the time of their increase.  I was reading further in the book of Hosea and found these verses which repeat that reason for judgment.

I think it’s interesting that God tells them that “I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.”  When they were destitute in the wilderness, God knew them and they knew Him.  They were totally dependent on Him for everything.  They were “in the land of great drought.”  They depended on Him for their guidance (in the form of the pillar of the cloud and the pillar of fire); they depended on Him for their food and water.

In the wilderness, God knew them.  But the next verse says that their pastures were filled, and their hearts were exalted.  Pride started to creep in.  In exalting themselves, the Bible tells us that “therefore have they forgotten me.”  That is a sad statement.  There is nothing wrong with material possessions.  But when they start to make us exalt ourselves and forget the Lord, they become the objects of our downfall.   If the Lord has blessed and prospered us, we should praise Him and thank Him for it.  But we should never let those things come between us and the Him.

On a positive note, even in the midst of impending judgment, God reminds them that He is still their God and He is their only hope.  He is the only Saviour!  “…I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.”

2 responses to this post.

  1. That last verse is so great and good for me to hear and think about. None of the things that I have or do will ever save me. Just Jesus! 🙂
    God bless you as you take us through Hosea!

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  2. It’s easy to feel secure in all of the things that we have around us, but none of those things really matter. Only Jesus! 🙂

    Reply

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