“And My people are bent to backsliding from Me: though they called them to the Most High, none at all would exalt Him.” Hosea 11:7 (KJB)
The prophet is speaking of the people of Israel. Their hearts were set on turning from the Lord GOD. Yet, God in His great mercy and grace was set on redeeming them.
He called prophets who would teach them, deliver them, and warn them of the path of rejection and rebellion they were walking, living in.
I must be honest with you, that for me, and I believe every Christian; one of the easiest things for us to do is to go our own way. To worship God, and Him alone takes a devoted, undivided heart for God, and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
That is why it is a necessity to be a faithful student of the word of God – the Bible. We must be people who see it as our necessary diet for daily strength. When we get in His Word, and it through the Holy Spirit gets into us God makes us a different and powerful person for the glory of the Lord.
Father, turn Your backsliden people back to You. May we all turn our eyes upon Jesus Christ, His death on the cross for our sins, His burial carrying away all our sin, our shame, and condemnation, and His resurrection; and knowing that He lives is evidence that we too shall live with Him forever.