“Therefore, I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.’ I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety. I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord. “In that day I will respond,” declares the Lord— “I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
In Hosea 1, Hosea was told by God to marry a harlot. This harlot was named Gomer. Throughout the course of their marriage, Gomer was unfaithful. She didn’t want to be with only Hosea. She kept going back to her old ways despite how good Hosea was to her.
In our study yesterday, we learned that Hosea pursued Gomer despite her flaws – just like God continuously pursues us despite the mistakes we make on a daily basis. Why does He continue to chase? Why does He continue to fight for us even when we don’t deserve to be fought for?
Why does He do it?
In Hosea 2:14-23, we see a God that is willing to lure His people back to Him. He’s not willing to just let His people go even when they have completely turned their back on Him.
Can you even wrap your head around that?
Let’s put it in human terms, yes?
My husband makes me angry sometimes.
My husband has made me upset before.
Shocker. I know. Aaron and I aren’t perfect, people.
When these things happen, do I go to Aaron and try to fix his mistake? Do I try to convince him that I’m perfectly fine?
If he messes up, he fixes it and vice versa. We work together to make our relationship work.
This relationship between God and Israel, at this point, is very one sided. God has decided to work to bring His people back to Him despite the fact that they have been unfaithful to Him.
Why does God do this?
In our culture today, love is portrayed as a convenience. You can love someone when it’s convenient for you. You can love someone when you aren’t going to get hurt. You can love someone when you’re ready to love.
God’s love is not at all like this. God’s love is unconditional. It doesn’t rely on how we act. It doesn’t rely on what we do. It doesn’t rely on who our friends are. It doesn’t rely on what mistakes we make. It doesn’t rely on our career. It doesn’t rely on our wardrobe. It doesn’t rely on what church we attend or what affiliation we are.
His love is unconditional.
He loved us enough to send His son to die for us. He loves YOU so much that, even if YOU were the ONLY PERSON on the earth, He STILL would have sent Jesus to die for YOU.
That’s how much He loves you.
That’s how worthy He is of our praise.
That’s how worthy He is of our hearts.
That’s how worthy He is of our lives.
Just as Gomer could never work to become worthy of Hosea’s love, we will never be able to do anything to become worthy of God’s love.
You become worthy of His love, of salvation, when you realize how worthless you are without Him. You become worthy of Him when you realize how worthy He is.