Hosea 1:3 Tells us Hosea married Gomer.
After the instructions to go marry a prostitute, he chooses a girl named Gomer.
Was Gomer pretty?
Did she look kind underneath her label?
Was there something Hosea saw in her eyes? Did their eyes meet and Hosea felt a connection?
Prostitute: Someone who gives themselves away for pay.
One thing is certain he chose her out of obedience to God. He chose to marry her and later Hosea is told to “Go and love your wife.”
Hosea 3:1 The Lord tells Hosea, “This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshiping other gods.
Hosea loving his wife illustrates that the Lord still loves Israel, even though they have turned to other gods and love to worship them.
If the book of Hosea is a picture of Israel, and Gomer is a picture of us ….. Why do we chase after false gods? False hopes, quick fixes?
Why do you think Gomer went after other lovers, even after she had the love of Hosea? And even after her identity changed from “that kind of a girl” to a bride of a godly prophet.
How do we respond even after we know we are dearly loved by God?
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Hosea 6:3 Oh That we might know the Lord. Let us press on to know Him.
Perhaps, we need to ask ourselves the following questions:
Is what I’m doing drawing me away from God?
Is what I think about bringing life and peace, or creating chaos?
Do my activities “take my heart away” or enrich my soul?
Oh yes, let us press on to know Him and He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.
Until next time, Pam