These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.
For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Hosea.
Have you ever looked at yourself in distorted carnival mirrors that make you look extremely tall and thin or incredibly short and fat? In the next few chapters of Hosea it seems that the Israelites had the opposite kinds of mirrors—they saw only the images of themselves that they wanted to see. Through Hosea the Lord tries to get the Israelites to see their reflection as it really is.
Ask God to open your eyes and your spirit to the truth about yourself.
Pray for forgiveness for the times that you delude yourself. Through the power of the Spirit pray that you will be able to face the truth and find freedom.