Can you relate to the prostitute?
My heart is still processing the bible study from last night! What a wonderful time in the word!
Gomer was a prostitute who became the wife of a local prophet in the Bible. What a heart rending, yet beautiful picture of gracious love that is found in this story. Hosea's Love for his unfaithful wife models God's unconditional love for sinful people. This is a love that faces betrayal, and unfaithfulness, deceit, and abandonment with forgiveness and mercy.
God called Hosea to marry Gomer and to love her through all of her wondering and unfaithfulness because Hosea was going to bring a message to the people of Israel.
I love this story because it's about a real man and a real woman. It's a story that is tragedy filled with deceit and brokenness but it is a story of a reminder that it is possible to forgive those who have hurt us even when a relationship is shattered beyond repair.
This story is also about God and his people. Just like Gomer, the nation of Israel had wandered from the one who would love them and called them his own. God's people are prone to wander from wholehearted devotion to the Lord and easily forget that only God deserves their love. Idols cry out for our attention, and when we look to something or someone other than God for our deliverance, it breaks the heart of our father. But God keeps loving us, seeking us, and inviting us back into a relationship with him.
In many ways Gomer is simply a mirror to our own lives. Her life and her actions are meant to help us see our own failures and discover that we are really no different. We too, have wandered, rebelled, and been unfaithful to God.
Most powerful part of the story is that Hosea's name meant "salvation."
He FOUND Gomer in her wondering
REDEEMED her by purchase
BROUGHT her home
He fully reconciled her back to himself. God in the same way will never stop loving us, pursuing us or wanting a relationship with us!
I love how the bible explains Hosea's pursuit for his wife:
"And now, here’s what I’m going to do:I’m going to start all over again.
I’m taking her back out into the wilderness
where we had our first date, and I’ll court her.
I’ll give her bouquets of roses.
I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope.
She’ll respond like she did as a young girl,
those days when she was fresh out of Egypt."
Let God turn your Heartbreak valley into Acres of hope!
Until next time...