Lessons from Hosea

I’ve been reading in Hosea lately. Hosea is a prophet, who tells the nation of Israel what God relates to him. One day God tells him to find a wife. But not just any wife, a wife out of the industry of prostitution. I can imagine Hosea’s confusion, but he does as God says and chooses Gomer. He provides everything she could ever want or need: food, clothes, valuables. He makes sure that she’s wanting for nothing. But she decides it isn’t enough. She wants to go back to where she came from, and leaves Hosea and their three children.

God tells Hosea to go find her, even now as she’s in the very act of committing adultery. I can’t imagine how heart breaking, how messy that must have gotten as he goes to find his wife. I don’t know how he finds her, but I can imagine that she’s on a pedestal in an auction being sold to the highest bidder. In my mind, I see him walking up and saying, “That’s my wife.” The auctioneer gives him a long look: “I don’t care who you think she is. This is her price.” Hosea pays it, pays for his wife, pays for what is already his. He takes her back to their home, and I can imagine her shame and embarrassment as he sits her down and tells her that he’s been faithful. She’s been unfaithful, and he’s remained faithful. Yet he will continue to remain faithful to her, and he will teach her to remain faithful to him.

The most beautiful thing I find about this story, is that this is a picture of what God has done with us. I was in the mire of sin, a wretch, and He pulled me out and saved me. He provided everything I would need, and yet I didn’t find it enough. I looked around at the world, and where I had come from, and wanted to go back. So I left, and God came looking for me. He rescues me once again. As He takes me back, I’m full of shame and embarrassment, but He sits me down and looks at me with love. “Rachel, I’ve been faithful. We both know you’ve been unfaithful, but that’s okay, because I will continue to remain faithful to you, and I will teach you to remain faithful to me.”

2 Timothy 2:13 says that even when are faithless, He remains faithful, because he cannot deny who He is. I’m so thankful for His faithfulness to me. He didn’t just save me and say, “There you go. Good luck, Rachel. I’m just going to sit back and watch.” No. He continues to walk with me, day by day. He’s faithful to stay with me, and teach me to walk in His steps.

No matter where you have been, and what you have done, God still loves you.  He still desires a relationship with you.  He wants to heal and restore your brokenness.  He desires you.  Yes, there will be consequences if you disobey Him, for He cannot reward sin.  But He will remain faithful to you, no matter where you go or what you do.  He loves you.  Run to Him!

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