A church member of mine has challenged me to read a scripture a day for the next 21 days and report to her what I’ve read and what God has spoken to me through the scripture. I figured I’d share my challenge with you all as well and perhaps even encourage some of you all to join in on the challenge.
Scripture: Hosea 2: 5-8, 10, 13, 19-20
Hosea was married to Gomer who was basically a prostitute. He tried all he could to save her from her ways and show her that he really loved her. However, despite all his caring and concern, Gomer would end up turning back to her harlot ways. The relationship that Hosea had with Gomer, paralleled the relationship God had with Israel. God would deliver Israel from trouble and bless them through hard times, then they would turn around and act like God never did anything for them.
A verse that stood out to me in particular was verse 6-7: (amplified Bible): 6 Therefore, behold, I [the Lord God] will hedge up her way [even yours, O Israel] with thorns; and I will build a wall against her that she shall not find her paths. 7 And she shall follow after her lovers but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them [inquiring for and requiring them] but shall not find them. Then shall she say, Let me go and return to my first husband, for then was it better with me than now.
This is what showed me most that God is serious about his relationship with us. He’ll allow us to go out and chase after the things we think we want, only to use it to frustrate us to turn around and see that the grass wasn’t so much greener on the other side. Even in our foolishness he will still block us in where we can’t escape him. Even when we may seem to take a “trip”, we always end up right back where we started, with God. Even the “bad” things we go through work out for the good. Going through those moments help us to get closer to God so we can truly say we know God.
Despite the fact that Israel was being rebellious and God punished them, he still came to restore in the end. In verses 19 and 20 he talks about how he will “betroth” (marry) you to me in faithfulness and stability, forever. God is always willing to give his all. God understands our value to him, even when we don’t. It’s always easy to say that we “know” God loves us, but do we really KNOW how much God loves us?
To be the person who walks away from God then comes back to God only to realize he never left you in the first place shows God’s dedication. (We’ve all been there and had our moments) He knows that once we’ve had a taste of him, we’ll want more. Nothing else will be able to satisfy the longing like him.