August 29, 2022

Price of Compromise

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Israel has been swallowed up; they are now among the nations like a vessel in which no one delights. For they have gone up to Assyria, like a wild donkey all alone; Ephraim has paid fees for lovers.” – Hosea 8:8-9 NASB

Israel had abandoned God and forgotten all He had done for them. They had “paid fees for lovers,” been “swallowed up,” consumed by these peoples and nations. They had given in to compromise and lost control of their lives. They were deceived into thinking they would find delight “among the nations,” but instead they lost everything God had given them. Their “lovers” had abandoned them.

This is the price we pay for compromise, seeking the wrong things, having the wrong kind of relationships, embracing the wrong goals, and not having the discernment to make the right decisions.

The Bible urges us to realize just how fickle the world can be. The benefits it promises can seem fulfilling but can lead us in the wrong direction. Its rewards, which can seem so exciting, can quickly fade. We can easily find ourselves deceived,  abandoned, and forgotten.

Make sure you are on guard against these constant temptations. Be careful whom you listen to and believe. Honor God in your relationships, how you spend your time, and the goals you pursue.

Remember how much God loves you. He wants to give you true riches and eternal rewards, but you need to stay faithful to Him. Live according to His principles. Ask for His help for the discernment you need to be able to resist temptation. If you have strayed, confess your sins and return to Him. Don’t give in to compromise!

Reflection Question: Do you need to redirect any area of your life where you’ve compromised?

Father, help me guard my affections. Keep me from compromising. Give me spiritual discernment. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Hosea 8