TRUE WISDOM is to UNDERSTAND the WAYS OF GOD
September 19 Bible Reading: Hosea Chapters 13-14
"Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them." (Hosea 14:9)
Hosea closes his prophecy by emphasizing that wisdom and prudence lie in obedience to the ways of the Lord. This verse constitutes an epilogue to the entire prophecy. Those who are wise and prudent (who are in right relationship and fellowship with God) will understand the things written in this prophecy. Those who are transgressors (who are out of fellowship with God) will not understand them and will fall in them.
God’s ways, His demands and principles, are completely true. Those who are right with God will choose to obey them, but those who are not right with will ignore them and consequently stumble into judgment. Those who were wise would realize the truth of his words and the rightness of the path established by God. The righteous will follow God’s path, but the “rebellious” will “stumble” because of their disobedience.
Thus the key is to know God and His ways, to follow Him and so find righteousness, and to avoid paths that lead to destruction. This epilogue challenges every generation to consider carefully the ways of the Lord that are presented in the Bible (Psalms 1; 18:21; Prov. 10:29). The choices that Israel faced are also set before us: wisdom or folly; discipleship or rebellion; life or death. The wise will “choose life” always! (Deut. 30:19, 20)
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." (Eccl 12:13-14)