“And the Lord said to me, ‘Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.’ 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. 3 And I said to her, ‘You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.’ 4 For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.” Hosea 3
I feel as if I am very similar to Hosea’s wife.
I look for love in all the wrong places.
I wander, like a little sheep.
I get lost and tangled up in sin.
Jesus calls me to Himself.
He beckons me with love.
I crawl to Him.
Too weak to run or fight any longer.
I surrender, so broken.
Tonight as I cried out to Jesus I begged Him to hold me. Hold me in your love. In your strength Lord, hold my brokenness.
The story of Hosea redeeming His wife can be seen as metaphorical. The faithful husband is God; the unfaithful wife is us (more specifically the Israelites).
“You must dwell as mine for many days…for you were bought with a price.”
Jesus paid our debt on the cross so we could have abundant life with Him. Jesus sacrificed so we could approach the throne of Almighty God.
God later says in Hosea 6:6 “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
The God of the universe desires our love. He desires our hearts.
We can come to Him broken. We can approach the God of the universe with tears stained cheeks.
We can do all of this because He desires a relationship with us, not good deeds.
We are incapable of saving ourselves.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Thank you Jesus!
While Jesus holds us in our brokenness, He desires more for our lives.
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor.” 1 Thessalonians 2: 2-4
God desires to sanctify us and He promises to complete it.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Tonight I prayed I would be more faithful in following Him.
Praise God He is always faithful.
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13