Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 9, 2018

“what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”

Today’s devotion comes from Hosea chapter 12.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verse.

“Therefore, return to your God,
Observe kindness and justice,
And wait for your God continually.”  Verse 6.


Simple summaries in Scripture such as verse 6 encourage us that by God’s grace we can live the Christian life that pleases God.  Here are three more examples.

“He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8.

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”  James 1:27.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”  Galatians 5:6.

It would be inconsistent with these simple summaries for preachers and teachers to teach or even infer that only the smartest seminary-trained students can live the Christian life that pleases God.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-28.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30.

And yet, how often do we see preachers and teachers take great delight in showing off their knowledge of Greek or Hebrew to supposedly reveal the true meaning of the text, but such displays too often only undermine our faith in English translations of Scripture and our own ability to study God’s Word!

Such preachers and teachers do not care so much about us arriving to the truth as much as they want us to be continually enslaved to them and their process so that we continually support them and their egos.  Such preachers and teachers and their disciples are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  2 Timothy 3:7.


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