It’s really simple. Nothing complicated or mysterious. No secret passwords or codes. Strait-forward and upfront. And, on top of that, asks little of us.
Have you read those verses from Hosea? This prophet’s wayward wife symbolizes God’s people. Chapter 13 records God’s anguished heart.
He alone is the Lord. His people are simply to acknowledge Him and no other. Should be easy. So little to ask. After all, there truly is no other God.
No mystery really. The Lord says that He’s the one who saves them and cares for them in the desert. My wife and I remember being in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. It was 120 degrees. Hosea 13:5 records that even in hot places, God takes care of His people. He feeds them, not a few measly morsels of food, but enough to fill them up (v. 6). Every day for forty years. They gripe and complain. Yet, He feeds them until they push back from their tables full as full can be! Without a care in the world! ‘Man, aren’t we lucky!’
That’s when things take a rather nasty turn. They start thanking each other, taking credit where none is due. Luck instead of the Lord. Preening with pride. For all that THEIR hard work has produced. They forget the Lord who saves them. Who gives them everything they have. Everything.
A bunch of ingrates. They forget who stays up with them all night long. Who pulls off their escape from Egypt. Who everyday gives them food. When no one else is there, He is.
How about you? Lucky as can be? What a fine fellow am I?! Or blessed by the Lord? You decide.
Happy Thanksgiving… to the One who deserves it most of all!
Lord, we are so thankful. Because of Jesus. Amen.