When a person becomes heartless, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord

(Hosea 4)

Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. Hosea 4:11

You can’t reason with people who live like this because they are heartless.

If God leads you to them, you must rely wholly on Him to guide and direct you as He helps them through you.

Even preaching the Gospel to them must be done by the direction of God. He alone, by the Holy Spirit, can convict a heartless person and make the person willing and able to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…. (v.6)

How can we live without knowledge? How can we live without God and His word? No one can fully understand the depths and meaning of life; only God can, and we must take Him seriously. We must take everything He says seriously.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God

May we never get where God tells us to continue in our sin because we have refused to heed His warning and turn from the error of our ways.

May our sacrifices and worship ever be acceptable to God because they are gifts from a pure heart, offered with reverence to our God — the Sovereign and Almighty God — in spirit and in truth.