THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min
Reading assignment: __Hosea 9
Focal verse(s): Hosea 9:1: “Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations! For you have played the harlot, forsaking your God. You have loved harlots’ earnings on every threshing floor.”
Israel had progressed so far into Baal worship that the nation gave total credit to all crop successes to the false god, so God withdrew His blessing from the people and there would be no more plentiful harvests…instead there would be curses from God upon the people! The 2 main ingredients of God’s judgment would be invasion of the nation and exile of the people. Once in exile, the people would have no opportunity to worship the true God and they would develop a new hunger and thirsting to worship the Lord. When the invading army came, all the people’s material possessions would be taken and their homes and lands destroyed. When people turn away from God and become as hardened as Israel did, then God has no other alternative but to severely punish us and bring us to our knees where we can again realize that without God in our lives our life is meaningless! God is our “supreme compass”, as illustrated by the following story: Before the days of modem navigational aids a traveler made the Atlantic crossing in a boat equipped with two compasses. One was fixed to the deck where the man at the wheel could see it. The other compass was fastened up on one of the masts, and often a sailor would be seen climbing up to inspect it. The passenger asked the captain, “Why do you have two compasses?” ”This is an iron vessel,” replied the captain, “and the compass on the deck is often affected by its surroundings. Such is not the case with the compass at the masthead; that one is above the influence. We steer by the compass above.” * We are drawn off course spiritually unless we steer by the compass of God’s Word, which is above all others!
* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 407, #1509.