They Feared the Lord, But…

Several times in today’s Bible reading* we read that the people “feared the Lord, but …” (2 Kings 17:32-33, 41) The people appointed their own priests, worshiped their own gods, and served their own idols. How is it possible to say that someone “feared the Lord” and follow that statement with “, but”? Wouldn’t that…

Break Up Unplowed Ground

Hosea completes his book in today’s Bible reading*. He encourages God’s people to seek the Lord until you find Him. “Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the Lord until he comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.” (Hosea 10:12 CSB) He…

The Fool says, “No God”

If you’ve been around church for very long, today’s Bible reading* may sound a little familiar. It’s the classic statement on the fool. In fact, this is not the only place these words appear in the Bible. These words also appear in Psalm 14. And Paul applies these words in Romans 3. The fool says…

Encouragement for the Walk

Today’s Bible reading* is basically a summary of the forty years the people of Israel wandered in the desert after not believing God’s promises for provision and protection if they would proceed into the Promised Land. But forty years have passed and everyone who escaped their Egyptian slavery has died, except for Caleb and Joshua,…