Whoever is [spiritually] wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is [spiritually] discerning and understanding, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the righteous will walk in them,
But transgressors will stumble and fall in them. – Hosea 14:9
That is, who is so truly wise as duly to weigh and consider the important things contained in this prophecy, the duties prescribed, the blessings promised to the obedient, and the judgments threatened to the disobedient? The prophet’s words imply, that there were but few that were endued with such spiritual wisdom and understanding as to do so; but that those who were, would seriously consider and be affected by these things. – Benson Commentary
They are just who give to every one their due, and give God His due. They are such as have respect unto all God s commandments. They do things to a good end, even the glory of God and the good of man. They desire to grow in grace and they love the brethren. In the worst times, God will have always a people that shall justify wisdom. Men must have spiritual life, and be just, before they can walk. For our encouragement to walk in God’s ways, know that they are the most safe ways of all; they are the most pleasant, and they are the cleanest and holiest. “The transgressors shall fall therein.” The same word which is a word of life and salvation to the godly is an occasion of sin and perdition unto the wicked. R. Sibbes
In midrashing this verse the Talmud teaches that the Torah is comprised of two aspects – spirit and matter, revelation and concealment, the Tree of Life and the Tree of knowledge. In Yoma 72b the Talmud states: “if a person is unworthy, the Torah becomes a potion of death for him; if he is worthy it is a portion of life. A comparison is drawn between Abraham who, in his old age, was blessed with everything (Genesis 24:1) and Solomon in his old age was turned away from God by his many wives (I Kings 11:4). – Chaim Bentorah
Hosea gives an Altar Call! It is for Israel, but it is just as succinctly applicable to any and every person. What the Holy Spirit gives through the Prophet is a perfect example of what the Lord wants and desires from anyone who comes to Him. Life is indeed dark when we look through the prism of disobedience to God and spiritual filth in our lives. Come into the holiness of God, if you have felt so far away and let the Holy Spirit begin a new and fresh work in your life. Rejoice and obey the call of the Word from Hosea today!
Having disappointed everyone around them, they often feel as if God is equally disappointed in them. The story of Hosea teaches us that God can put back together broken lives. By confessing sin and recommitting oneself to God’s service, purpose can be restored to a spiritual life that was left for dead.