Hosea 7:11–16 (NKJV)
11 “Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense—
They call to Egypt,
They go to Assyria.
12 Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them;
I will bring them down like birds of the air;
I will chastise them
According to what their congregation has heard.
13 “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
Because they have transgressed against Me!
Though I redeemed them,
Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
14 They did not cry out to Me with their heart
When they wailed upon their beds.
“They assemble together for grain and new wine,
They rebel against Me;
15 Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me;
16 They return, but not to the Most High;
They are like a treacherous bow.
Their princes shall fall by the sword
For the cursings of their tongue.
This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
The Lord shifts to another analogy to describe the sad state of affairs in Israel. He describes the nation and its leaders as silly birds that fly to and fro looking for assistance and help from other nations and their leaders. However, God says that He will catch them with nets and chastise them for their unfaithfulness. He laments that they have sinned against Him and did not cry out to Him in their trouble and sin. He strengthened them, He gave them discipline, yet they sinned against Him and commited evil, looking to others rather than the God Who loved and provided for them. Therefore, Israel shall be a derision, or a mockery, in the eyes of the nations.
Christians today must remember the source of their salvation. God alone is our source and strength. Do not depend on your own intellect or physical prowess for support. The God-given abilities and individual exhibits are for His glory, not our own. Be appreciative, be thankful, be humbly grateful for the blessings of God, and He will guard your life. Remember the source of your good pleasure and praise Him!