People Often Give Credit To Everything & Everyone, But God!
Today we are going to talk about “Hyprocrisy” and not forget to give God the credit for our success.
I will strip her naked in public,
while all her lovers look on.
No one will be able
to rescue her from my hands.
I will put an end to her annual festivals,
her new moon celebrations, and her Sabbath days—
all her appointed festivals.
I will destroy her grapevines and fig trees,
things she claims her lovers gave her.
I will let them grow into tangled thickets,
where only wild animals will eat the fruit.
I will punish her for all those times
when she burned incense to her images of Baal,
when she put on her earrings and jewels
and went out to look for her lovers
but forgot all about me,”
says the Lord.
Hosea 2:10-13 (NLT)
The people still enjoyed celebrating the Hebrew festivals, but in their hearts, they gave the glory to Baal and the other false gods that they worshiped. The Israelites were so immersed in Idolatry that they actually believed pagan gods gave them their vineyards and orchards. They had forgotten that the entire land was a gift from God (Deut 32:49).
Today many people give credit to everything and everyone but God for their prosperity – luck, hard work, quick thinking, the right contacts.
When You Succeed, Who Gets The Credit?
Baal was the most important of the Canaanite gods, and his name came to be used to describe all the local deities worshiped throughout the land occupied by Israel. Unfortunately, the Israelites did not get rid of the idols and pagan worship centers as they had been commanded.
Instead, they tolerated and frequently joined Baal worshipers, often through the influence of corrupt kings. One Israelite king especially noted for his Baal worship was Ahab. The prophet Elijah, in a dramatic showdown with Ahab’s hire prophets, proved God’s power far superior to Baal’s (1 Kings 18).
But the truth would eventually come out, for God would judge His people and expose their hypocrisy. He would take away their blessings and abandon them to their sins, for one of the greatest judgments God can inflict on any people is to let them have their own way. God is holy and will not permit His people to enjoy sin for long or to live on substitutes. Eight times in the Bible we read, “Be holy, for I am holy”; God means what He says.