Hosea 12: In Denial
It is easy to be in denial. I don’t know about you, but it can be pretty easy to automatically think that I am right. In Hosea 12, we see that people of Ephraim feel that they are pretty good.
Hos 12:7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.
Hos 12:8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.
They are thinking that they did a lot of good. They didn’t realize the problems that were around them. However, as we have seen in the past few chapters and even in verse seven, there are clearly problems with these people.
However, they felt that there was nothing wrong in this situation. They are convinced that everything that they have done is on the up and up. There will be no bad marks against all of their success.
I know it is tempting to fall into this mindset. It is easy to almost put on blinders. It is easy to see everything else that is wrong with the world, but it is hard to see what is wrong with ourselves.
However, it is wise in these situations to keep in mind the advice of Jesus.
Mat 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
We see the problems of other people, but we do not see our own. Certainly, there is a time to help other people realize their faults. At the end of verse five, we are told to help remove the speck of dust from our neighbor’s eye, but we cannot be blind to our own problems. Through the power of God, we can work on these problem areas.