Have you ever noticed that God shows us His love in strange ways? Like a good parent, He delights in his children when they do good, and warns His children when they do bad. He then follows through with punishment and then forgiveness. The Old Testament is a constant cycle of humanity worshiping, rejecting, and repenting. Meanwhile God, the All-Knowing, wanted to have a relationship with His creation. That’s all. He just wants what we all crave, companionship.
We see this cycle in the stories of Noah, Moses, and the various Judges (whose sole purpose was to tell God’s people to repent). In the book of Hosea (a minor prophet), God has His servant live out this very cycle but from God’s perspective.
In Chapter 3:
“The Lord said to [Hosea], “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” (Hosea 3:1)
God is telling Hosea this after Gomer (his wife) has left him and their three children to go back to prostitution. Gomer is a woman who doesn’t know her own identity or how to be faithful to someone. This sounds a lot like the Israelites, a people chosen by God to produce the Messiah of the world. But they were human.
Just like the people of today, they fell off the wagon. The Israelites were drawn into the secular world through sin and false teachings. The Devil lured them out of God’s protective umbrella, and because the Lord abhors sin, He needed them to repent before they could be taken back into His arms.
Hosea followed God’s instructions:
“So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.” (Hosea 3:2)
Hosea forgave and rededicated himself to Gomer with the understanding that she would do the same. God fights to have us with him. He gives us every opportunity to end the cycle and be with Him.
Have you noticed a cycle within your life? A cycle where you feel close to God and then you fall away? You feel a warning in your spirit, a need to repent and be forgiven. Then there’s that feeling of peace when you get close to God again.
God will always want you.
Doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, present, future
God loves us unconditionally.
What can you do today to show your faithfulness to God today?
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