I never realised how much of a love story Hosea is, until now. It’s so beautiful and I want to share it with you.
I pray that my words shall carry the convicting power of the Holy Ghost, and the words I type shall be of God. I pray that it speaks to you in a special and unique way. I ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Hosea; A faithful servant of God. Imagine his surprise when God asked Him to marry a prostitute. Imagine him saying “God, seriously? Are you sure?” I myself was filled with righteous indignation on His behalf.
He obeyed. He married her, and she bore him three children. Life was good.
And then she left him. She left him for another lover. She picked her former slavery, over her God given husband. She left him with three children to raise, and was content to go back to her former life of harlotry.
Hosea, heartbroken would probably have said something like “God, I’ve done what I can. She’s gone and now there’s nothing else I can do”.
But God said to Hosea:
Hosea 3:1 NIV
The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress.
And so Hosea went back for his wife.
Now, imagine the thoughts running through Gomer’s (Hosea’s wife) mind. “How can this man come back for me? How can I hurt him so deeply and yet still he forgives me? Yet still, he wants me back. How can he love me despite my harlotry?”
This kind of love is hard to comprehend. But that is the love that God has for us, His children.
In the book of Hosea, God said the prostitute Gomer is Israel. And so the prostitute Gomer is you. You and I.
And like Gomer, we have flirted with the things of the world. We have made other gods (- social media, boyfriends, money, fashion, education and the list goes on) our number one.
God, who Hosea represents has called us to Himself and loved us with an everlasting love. Yet we run back to our former lovers – our old gods, thinking that the love of God will run out for us.
Dear friend, God loves you deeply, completely and unconditionally. He loves you despite your past, and despite your mistakes.
Like Hosea went searching and calling back Gomer, God is calling you back. He wants you. Answer to Him today.
Romans 8:38-39 NIV
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.