The Problem and the Answer

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

Hosea 13:9

What a great verse describing the whole human condition!  You could substitute “humanity” for “Israel” in this verse and have a timeless truth.  You could substitute “America” or “Canada” or “England” or “Nepal” or any other country for “Israel” and it would be just as true.  You could go so far as to insert your name or my name or anyone’s name and it would still ring true.

Israel had destroyed herself.  God had given them everything and done everything for them that could possibly have been given or done.  Yet they still rejected Him and sinned against Him over and over again.  It was not God’s fault that Israel had rejected Him.  When a nation, any nation, rejects God, it is not God’s fault.  America drifting away from God and forgetting God and rejecting God is America’s fault.  As individuals, God does not force us to sin.  When we go our own way, refuse Him and sin against Him, it is our fault.  We have no one to blame but ourselves.  We destroy ourselves.  On our own and left to ourselves, that is exactly what we will do; over and over; every time.  “All we like sheep have gone astray…”  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  That is what we do.  That is the bleak position in which all of humanity finds itself.


“…but in me is thine help.”  There is help for us!  We don’t have to continue to destroy ourselves.  There is hope and there is help.  “In me…”  Jesus Christ is our help.  We destroy ourselves, He heals us.  We sin, He cleanses us and forgives us.  We need help, He is our help.  Everything we are not, He is (and more)!

What a great verse and what a great Saviour!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I love this Ben! 🙂 Thank you! There is always hope and help, that will never cease to exit or be there. God bless you as you seek and serve Him today!


  2. Thanks, Ben

    “…but in me is thine help.”
    Wonderful fix to a terrible mess`!! I know I have been like Israel, going my own way and doing my own thing. So thankful that my help is in Him – even after all the destruction I had brought upon myself!

    Blessings much,

    P.S ——- .


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