The Real Source of Success

Hosea 12:8–14 (NKJV)

8 And Ephraim said, ‘Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.’

9 “But I am the Lord your God, Ever since the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, As in the days of the appointed feast.

10 I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.”

11 Though Gilead has idols—Surely they are vanity—Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.

12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, And for a wife he tended sheep.

13 By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, And by a prophet he was preserved.

14 Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly; Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him, And return his reproach upon him.

This passage of Scripture describes a nation that has been blessed by Yahweh, saved, instructed, led into blessed places, and yet still ignores the role of the Lord in their success!  How many times do we attribute luck to our success, or pat ourselves on the back for a job well done?  Instead, we must give God the praise for all that is good in our lives.  If not, the Lord will allow us to see how far we can go without Him.  That is not the place I want to be, and neither should you.

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