-God’s anger is reported to the ones that are in rebellion against Him and His ways. Ephraim feeds on the wind (emptiness). The empty things they pursue are lies (deceptions) and violence, covenants with Assyria, and trade with Egypt (Hosea 12:1). These are worldly nations who do not worship the One-True Living God. They are wind and will provide no eternal hope for the stability of God’s people. Therefore, the LORD is angry at their unfaithfulness and wandering off from the straight course their forefathers set for them. Even Judah has brought on the LORD’s disfavor and will be punished as Jacob was. The prophet Hosea through the LORD’s Word offers from history the antidote for recovering the LORD’s favor. Weep, seek His favor to the point of wrestling with Him, hear from Him at all costs (Hosea 12:4), and return to Him observing kindness and justice and waiting for Him continually (Hosea 12:6). *Application* God always provides a way out and instructions for us to come back to Him even when we’ve failed miserably. If you are in the spot where you have chased after emptiness and deception, hear the Word of the LORD and return to Him today seeking with all your heart His favor and kindness. He will in no way cast you out and away (John 6:37).
-Ephraim’s attitude is that they are rich and in no need of the LORD. They have found wealth for themselves by themselves (Hosea 12:8). God lets them know He is still in control and can bless or take away that blessing as He wills and desires. He speaks through His prophets through visions and parables and will make Ephraim revert back to where they live in tents as in the days of their desert wanderings if their bloodguiltiness and reproach remain on them, which will happen because of their insolent pride (Hosea 12:14). *Application* Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit goes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Make sure you stay humble before the LORD and realize all His blessings are from Him who deserves all the glory. He will share His majesty with no one else including you. In other words, if you want His eternal favor you must play by His rules. But, O what rewards we receive when we come into conformity with His design and plan for our lives. He indwells us when we die to ourselves and make Him actual LORD of our lives through Jesus Christ. It is not our natural pull, but in the end it yields, by far, the best results. Trust in Him!
Verse to Memorize: Hosea 12:6