Never too low

I want to share with everyone today about the story of the prophet Hosea.  God told him to marry a prostitute.  So he married Gomer, a very promiscuous woman.  God did this to teach a lesson to Israel.  Since Israel was prostituting itself out to other gods, our Heavenly Father was going to use this situation to paint a picture for all to understand.  Even though Gomer was married, she continued sleeping with other men.  Her first child God demanded to be called “Jezreel” because He was going to punish King Jehu’s dynasty (Hosea 1:3).  Then Gomer had a daughter God wanted named “Lo-ruhamah” which means not loved (Hosea 1:6).  God did this to show He would no longer love Israel.  Lastly, Gomer had another son that God named “Lo-ammi” which means not my people.  Since the people were not worshiping Him alone, he was telling them now that they were not His people anymore.

When reading the names God made Hosea name his children and the wife God made him marry, I do not know how Hosea did it.  This is a ugly picture the scripture is drawing out at first, however, there is a silver lining.

Hosea 3:1-5

“Then the LORD told me: “Go love your wife again, even though she is being loved by another and is committing adultery. Love her the same way the LORD loves the people of Israel, even though they look to other gods and love raisin cakes.” 2  So I bought her back for myself for fifteen pieces of silver and one and a half omers of barley. 3  I told her, “You will remain with me a long time, you won’t be promiscuous, you won’t be involved with any man, and I’ll do the same.” 4  Likewise, the people of Israel will dwell a long time without a king, without a prince, without sacrifice, without sacred pillars, and with neither ephod nor teraphim. 5  Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come in awe to the LORD and to his goodness in the last days.”

After everything Hosea went through with his wife, God wanted him to do the unthinkable and buy her back.  The unrepentant, adulterous wife, and not only that, but to continue to love her.  I honestly don’t think I could do that, but God commanded it and Hosea obeyed.  Then something happened, when everyone that knew Gomer’s adulterous ways and heard the prophet Hosea say that God loved the idolatrous Israel as much as he loved his wife, they were shocked.  Honestly I was when I first read this scripture.  The reason why this is so important is because Israel has heard God’s words many times, but it took seeing His love through Hosea and acting on that love for it to sink in for them.  They saw Hosea’s merciful love for Gomer.

Gomer was on her own before God made Hosea buy her back.  She could have been someone’s mistress or even sold herself into slavery to get food and clothes.  Whatever the case, Hosea had to pay to get his wife back after falling astray over and over again.  Even though the amount of money he had to pay was small, this was because Gomer was not worth anything to anyone except Hosea.  Hosea loved her just like God loves all of us today!

There are two major lessons to be learned from this scripture that I want to share.  The first lesson is that no matter how low you sink or how dark things get or even how unfaithful you have been to God in the past, He is willing to buy you back.  Not only will God buy you back, but he will redeem you and lift you back up again.  What a glorious God we have!  He is truly an amazing Father.

The second lesson to be learned is that actions speak louder than words…  No matter how much you or anyone hears God’s word, if there is no action with them, they will fall unto deaf ears.  This is a very important lesson as believers to understand.  You have to walk the walk and talk the talk.  So please, if you are reading God’s word and trying to live a honest life, don’t just preach to unbelievers or those failing around you, show your love and compassion to them too.  You should especially show love to those that have wronged you in the past.  I am not saying you need to be best friends, but by praying for them and wishing for their best will keep you humble and focused on God.  Like Hosea, God may be using your situation and your actions to connect the dots for someone that needs to see God’s words into actions.  You never know if you may be helping someone be saved and allowed to enter the kingdom of heaven.  So meditate on that and the rest of the lesson for today and please have a blessed day!


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