Vs. 3, “Therefore they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window.” Hosea is looking back at how Israel used to be (vs. 1). But they not only turned from God, they were sacrificing to pagan God’s like Baal (vs. 2). If they had only turned back to God, but they were putting their trust in the things of this world. But what stands out more than anything is the fact that it is God who directs the outcome of our life. We would do far better if we feared God more. Yet, once again, we see the grace of our God as He will one day ransom us from death itself (vs. 14).
Regarding application…Remember God’s Goodness. Vs. 4 “But I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.” Question: How do we remember God’s goodness today? Jesus would tell us and Paul would remind us that when we meet we are to remember Jesus’ goodness and sacrifice (I Cor. 11) with the Lord’s Supper. This is just one reminder of why we meet. Of course, we are a forgetful people. That is why the Word of God exhorts us to spend time daily. That is why He gave us the incredible gift called the church! Think about something God has done for you this past week, month or year. Acknowledge it and give thanks to the Lord!