By Cheryll White
“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.’” (Hosea 3:1 NKJV)
No human can comprehend God’s love for His children! Our limited experience of human love hinders us from understanding God’s unconditional love for us. We can see a picture of this love in the life of Hosea.
Hosea was a righteous man, but God told him to marry a sinful woman (a very sinful woman). How many of us would obey? Hosea obeyed and took Gomer as his wife. He cherished her and treated her with dignity and respect. Never before had Gomer experienced this kind of love, but she soon became bored with this life of unconditional love from Hosea. She considered Hosea boring! Gomer soon returned to her old lifestyle by giving her affections to other men. She became so involved in adultery she abandoned Hosea for her old style of living. The men of the street knew Gomer as Hosea’s wife, but it didn’t stop them from using her until she had nothing left to give. If that wasn’t enough she was then sold on the auction block as a slave. Hosea, heartbroken, got a command from God: “Go and buy your wife back.” What? How many of us would obey that command? Despite the shame and intense pain Gomer had inflicted on him, God told Hosea to forgive her and to pay any price to bring her back home.
God’s message is clear: when we reject Him, and turn our devotion elsewhere, our rejection carries the same pain as an adulterous betrayal. After all God has done for us, it is incomprehensible that we should reject Him. It is even harder to believe that God could love us even after we have rejected, ignored, and disobeyed Him. I thank God His love is completely different from ours. His love follows us to the depths of our sinfulness until He has reclaimed us. His love is unconditional when we run from Him, and He continues to pursue us. What incredible love He has demonstrated to us! Take the time today and read the Book of Hosea and be blessed.