Week 35: A Deceitful Heart

Today’s Text: Hosea 8-14

Key Text: Hosea 10:1-2

Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself.  As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones. Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will demolish their altars and destroy their sacred stones.

Why would God destroy his people’s altars? Because they were built to idols – the false Gods to which they had turned in their prosperity.

The commentary in the LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE explains and asks some good questions:

“Israel prospered under Jeroboam II, gaining military and economic strength. But the more prosperous the nation became, the more love it lavished on idols. It seems as though the more God gives, the more we spend. We want bigger houses, better cars, and finer clothes. But the finest things the world offers line the pathway to destruction. As you prosper, consider where your money is going. Is it being used for God’s purposes, or are you consuming it all on yourself?”

(Tyndale (2012-02-17). Life Application Study Bible NIV (Kindle Locations 161466-161471). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Kindle Edition.)

We must all keep vigilant that, should we prosper, we don’t simply squander it on idols of our own making.

Even if we are not materially wealthy, idolatry of other sorts can still wreak havoc on our lives and the lives of those we love.

In the end, it’s a matter of the heart – whether it will remain faithful to God – or be consumed by someone or something else.

How about it? How’s your heart doing, spiritually speaking? To whom is it devoted? These are important questions – and only you can answer them for yourself.

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