Two ways of living


Representative of the theme of the book, Hosea’s epilogue concludes the prophecy by presenting the reader with two ways of living (compare to Deuteronomy 30:19,20 and Psalm 1).  He appeals to all readers to be wise, to choose the Lord’s way, for His ways are right (compare to Psalm 107:43; Ecclesiastes 12:13,14).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hosea 14:9.

Dependence is not defeat


We often depend on our own skills and abilities when life seems easy, but when we feel powerless to help ourselves, we turn to God.  We must recognize that even when life seems easy we are dependent upon God, for He upholds the universe with His power.  Dependence is not defeat, but the realization that our source of truth and power is God.  With this attitude, problems drive us to God rather than away from Him.  Learn how to depend on God daily.

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional, April 17.  Tyndale House Publishers, 2003.