“But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.” (Hosea 13:4)
God has rescued the Israelites out of Egypt. He has eventually brought them into the promised land of Canaan. He has made himself known to the Israelites and made a covenant with them. He wants to be their God.
But over and over again, the people leave the LORD to worship other gods. The Bible is full of prophetic warnings against this practice. God is deeply grieved by Israel’s unfaithfulness. He calls them to repentance and He threatens to punish them. In the end, the people are even led into exile because they do not turn back to the LORD.
Well, actually that is not “the end”. Despite Israel’s unfaithfulness and God’s judgment, He keeps his covenant. He promises: “I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely” (Hosea 14:4).
Maybe you have turned away from the LORD as well. If so, Hosea’s prophecy urges you to repent and come back. There is no other savior, there is only one God. You know who He is: a Redeemer, a God who saves. “Seek the LORD and live”! (Amos 5:6).
Is God the one true God that you worship? Or are there still other ‘gods’ that you worship? What is keeping you from getting rid of them once and for all?