“For she did not know that it was I who gave her grain, new wine and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold – which they prepared for Baal.”
I think this means that we take the good things that the Lord has given us – our gifts, talents, and abilities, our material possessions – and we squander them for things, habits, and vices which don’t glorify God.
It’s a double slap in the face. First, we don’t understand and acknowledge that they are all given lovingly by the Lord. Then secondly, we use them to serve Baal (the flesh and the devil -the one He died to save us from).
Help me to remember that anything good in my life – my gifts and talents, my husband and my children, my home, my friends – have all been gifts from you, Lord.
Help me to remember the source and guide me to use my gifts and talents to serve and bless you – the source and wellspring of all good gifts. Amen.