Scripture Ref. Hosea 5:1-15
Hos 5:1 Hear this, O priests! Pay attention, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For the judgment is for you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net spread upon Tabor.
Hos 5:2 And the revolters have gone deep into slaughter, but I will discipline all of them.
Hos 5:3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore; Israel is defiled.
Hos 5:4 Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. For the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they know not the LORD.
Hos 5:5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face; Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt; Judah also shall stumble with them.
Hos 5:6 With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.
Hos 5:7 They have dealt faithlessly with the LORD; for they have borne alien children. Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.
Hos 5:8 Blow the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah. Sound the alarm at Beth-aven; we follow you, O Benjamin!
Hos 5:9 Ephraim shall become a desolation in the day of punishment; among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.
Hos 5:10 The princes of Judah have become like those who move the landmark; upon them I will pour out my wrath like water.
Hos 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, because he was determined to go after filth.
Hos 5:12 But I am like a moth to Ephraim, and like dry rot to the house of Judah.
Hos 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to the great king. But he is not able to cure you or heal your wound.
Hos 5:14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear and go away; I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.
Hos 5:15 I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.
We as believers all have a common ground that we all share. There is no shortage of this ground either.
Most of us share the same exact piece of ground. Just as the people of Israel were found out in all their sins, so then we are found out. Unfortunately, most if not all of us have to hit the very bottom in to realize that the things we say, and the things we thing in our minds, and the we do are not Holy at all. In our pride and arrogance we are blinded by our own self made glory. This inhibits the Holy Spirit from working in our lives.
In the old days the people of Israel were caught in a multitude of sin. They were caught in so much of sin that God turned away from them in tears. He turned away from them until they hit bottom. With the word, or phrase “Hitting Bottom” in mind, let’s see discover the bottom in the book of Hosea.
In verse 2 God calls them revolters, and murders.
In verse 3, 4, and 5 God calls them whores.
In verse 7 God said they dealt without any faith.
In verse 6 God said He is going to withdraw from them.
But after awhile God does return to see if you’re ready to acknowledge your guilt and to see if you’re ready to seek His face with all your heart, mind and soul. He comes to if you’re bottom has fallen out from under you yet. Once this happens, who will save you? He waits to hear you call out to Him for help.
When you’re bottom falls out will you call on Jesus to catch you and save you? Will you return to God ready to admit your guilt?
For some of us, it only takes hitting the bottom to awaken us. For others it takes hitting the bottom and the bottom falling out from under us to come to the reality of our situation. So when you hit the bottom, remember that God is in control. How is this you might ask? Well, it’s fairly simple to understand. The bottom has not fallen out from under you yet.
Heb 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”