My hope, after you read this, is that you will go through and read the book of Hosea. I hope that you will continue to turn to Hosea for direction, reassurance, and insight.
Setting it up
When you first read through Hosea, you may feel confused. I know I was. But when you really sit down to study it, you see the letter of love that was penned out in a poetic fashion. While the nation of Israel was crumbling after the death of Jeroboam II, Assyria had regained power and eventually destroyed the nation.
The book of Hosea was written with the intention of sending a message to the people of Israel through Hosea. The message was simple: stop your promiscuity and idolatry and turn back to God in humility and faithfulness. Hosea reminds the people that their struggles are the Lord’s discipline that would continue until they returned to God.
God is committed
Throughout the book of Hosea, you find a few common themes. One of them is love. God, a beautiful, faithful and patient being, helps us to see how truly we are “Gomers”. Hosea married, under the direction of God, a woman who was sinful, Gomer, and loved her unconditionally. Knowing all her faults, Hosea still committed himself to his wife and did not hold them against her.
Hosea and Gomer’s relationship and marriage are compared to that of God and Israel. God being Hosea and Israel being Gomer. If you look deeper than that, Israel and Gomer are all of us. Hosea is committed to his wife just as God is committed to Israel and us. Even when we walk away and sin over and over again, His commitment to us proves His love for us. His love is based on who He is not who we are. When it comes to God loving us, our sin is overlooked and He sees us for us, not what we’ve done against Him.
But He knows that our sinful nature is what will poison our joy and even our future. We must begin to realize that we are sinful and confront those sins, pouring them out to God humbly. We will find that the larger the view of our sin, the larger the view of the cross. We need to understand how deep the love of Christ goes. He covers all sin, guilt, and shame.
He’s not going anywhere
Even when we turn away from God, He is still there. He waits for us and might even “chase” us down with subtle signs. You know, those signs when you’re about to sin, or you might sin, and something comes across your phone, or someone says something that reminds you that God is there? That’s what I am talking about. God loves us too much to abandon us. He gives us love and forgiveness not because we are good, believe me, we are far from good. No, He loves us because He is God and God is love. God may hate sin, but He loves us. He committed Himself to us long ago when He created the world. He’s not going anywhere.