After we read about the sinfulness of God’s people in the beginning of the fourth chapter of Hosea, there is this one verse that follows which talks about accusations. The verse says, “let no one contend, and let none accuse.” Then we read the reason why. The contention has a place—it is towards the priest.
Wow! This is harsh to chew upon. The finger is pointed at the leadership. The priest who was put in charge of God’s Word, who was to lead the people to God and His Truth, was on the receiving end. That was where the contention was placed. But why? Because the people were led astray. The people were so far from God that they had no knowledge of Him. What was the priest doing? Why was the Law absent? Why was God not known?
Leadership is hard. Each day I recognize the opportunity I have been given, but more importantly the responsibility. I have a tree of people in my office at work to look at to remember this responsibility. At my home office, I have a card I was given by the church congregation. I read over the names often. I remember this great responsibility. Lead to Truth. Lead with grace. Lead with love at the center. Whether you lead in an area of ministry, lead your children at home, lead at your workplace—no matter where you lead, it’s always the same. Lead to Truth. Lead with grace. Lead with love at the center.
“Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest.” – Hosea 4:4 [ESV]
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” – Psalm 116:15 [NIV]
Most people do not associate death and precious in the same sentence. When some people read this verse, they might question how it could be considered precious that “faithful servants” had passed. The word death is something we consider very much in our own lives. One of the biggest fears for people is dying. But perhaps we should focus on the “faithful” in this verse.
The reason the death of the Lord’s servants is “precious” is because these people were “faithful.” They did what was required of them. They lived life with their hearts devoted to the Lord. They were faithful. They answered the call God set before them and they kept their eyes on Him. They had a heart for the Lord. That’s precious.
It is important to continue on the narrow path and keep our eyes on Him. Today look not toward what the world has to offer, but focus your eyes on Him. If you have stumbled or turned off course, ask the Spirit to help you redirect your feet back on the narrow path. Remember God is with us every step of the way—we do not walk alone.