August 23, 2022

God’s Standards

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Hear this, O priests! Take heed, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For yours is the judgment.” – Hosea 5:1

The Bible reminds us how easily we tend to criticize others, identify their mistakes, and judge them. In contrast, we can find ourselves blind to our weaknesses and ready to justify our actions and thoughts.

Hosea knew religious leaders could assume they were beyond criticism. Others assumed they were special simply because of their birth and considered themselves immune from judgment and criticism. Some people in positions of power felt above the law.

Hosea reminded them that people at all levels of society made mistakes. They sinned and needed forgiveness. This was true for religious and political leaders as well as common people, even those who are religious.

Through Hosea, God wanted them to know His standards apply to everyone, including politicians, leaders, and common people. God looks at everyone, regardless of their background or position. All of us need to humble ourselves before God and obey His Word.

These problems were true in Hosea’s time, and they are true today. The Bible tells us, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We are deceived if we think we have no sin. God stands ready to forgive us, but we need to confess our sins and admit when we are wrong (1 John 1:8-9).

Be careful before you criticize others. Be honest with God. Let Him examine your heart, your thoughts, your attitudes, and your actions. Seek to be clean in His sight, forgiven.

Reflection Question: Ask God to examine your heart and reveal any sin or wrong motives.

Prayer
Father, reveal any sins I have committed. Free me from a judgmental spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Hosea 5


Prayer
Father, reveal any sins I have committed. Free me from a judgmental spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Hosea 5