There are few greater examples of God’s remarkable love than the story of Hosea and Gomer. Shortly after Hosea and Gomer were married, she began to be unfaithful to him and she gave birth to two children by her lovers. In spite of all this, Hosea continued to beg and plead for her to stop. She finally left the home and moved in with a lover who promised her lavish things. The lover used her and then kicked her out of his house. She was sold into slavery. Then God said to Hosea: “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods.” (Hosea 3:1a)
So Hosea went to the slave market and bought Gomer in her filthy, disreputable state and brought her home. He loved her. Can we imagine loving someone like Gomer the way Hosea did? Well, this is exactly how God loves each of us! Perhaps, you disagree and believe you are not like Gomer. I was–in more ways than I like to admit. If you will be your own judge, you owe it to yourself be honest. It may save you from slavery. What do I mean?
When we choose to leave God for the illusive enchantments and enticements of the world, He doesn’t imprison us in His love. He lets us go. That’s what love does. He waits for us to return. Some come back, and some die enslaved to the world. I’ve been that slave and–but for His grace–I would have died in slavery. You see, I began my relationship with God with the hope and love of a newlywed. But I never sought a deep, personal relationship with Him. Thus, I turned away from Him and sought to find satisfaction in the gods of success, love, money, security, family, friends, beauty, sports, etc. All of these gods abused my soul and in the end I was a helpless, miserable slave to my unfulfilled desires.
Then–one day, God walked into the slave market and shone a ray of His love upon my dirty, broken heart. He held out His hand and led me into His home of love. Even though He knew every sordid detail of my unfaithfulness to Him–He still wanted me. I could hardly believe such love existed! Once I tasted the reality of His love, it was easy to fall in love with Him. No one had ever loved me like Him. If we are truthful to ourselves about our pursuit of other gods, the story of Hosea and Gomer humbly personalizes God’s love for us. Thus, we rejoice and “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalms 136:1)
From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .