“I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as LORD” (Hosea 2:19-20).
An incredible percentage of the Bible is devoted to describing humanity’s despicable record of depravity over the ages. From the very first family that ever existed one brother murdered the other. Sin and wickedness increased so much until God couldn’t bear it anymore and He wiped out the entire planet with the Great Flood and started over with Noah’s family. But it didn’t take too long for wickedness to begin again. We human beings are so devoid of faithfulness and honor that it is mind-boggling that God would still be willing to tolerate us.
In Hosea, God compares His people to a wife who is so brazenly unfaithful that she openly goes out to practice prostitution. Over and over she commits adultery for profit. Although she deserves to be stoned to death by what she’s done, God promises to pay good money to get her back.
“For the LORD still loves Israel even though the people have turned to other gods, offering them choice gifts.” So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and about five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. (Hosea 3:1-2).
It is almost inconceivable that God would still love us after countless generations of wickedness in which we have sinned against God. But He does. He still loves us. In the story, Hosea had to pay in order to redeem his wife and bring her back to him. In the same way, God had to pay with the life and suffering of His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us and bring us to salvation.
Although we don’t deserve it, God still loves us. I don’t think we will ever be able to fully comprehend the depth and long-suffering of God’s love.
The next time I am tempted to sin, I hope I will remember Gomer, Hosea’s prostitute wife, and think of how much grief God has already suffered to love me. I hope this will help me to say no to sin so that I may not grieve the Lord who still loves me. As the Scripture says: He will be faithful to me and make me His, and then I will finally know Him as Lord.
Dear Father in heaven, thank You from the bottom of my heart for Your kindness and patience. It just blows me away. I can’t imagine why You would forgive me over and over. Lord, help me to be faithful to You that I may truly know You as Lord. Thank You so much for Your love. I receive Your love. Now that You have bought me, I am no longer my own. Teach me to surrender to Your Holy Spirit and to follow You. Help me to love You and my neighbors just as You have loved me.