The Bride of Christ.
The prophet Hosea had a unique situation; God commanded him to marry a woman who would be unfaithful to him. Hosea’s wife, Gomer, constantly left him in order to prostitute herself out to others; sometimes bearing their children. She showed no remorse for her actions, but Hosea persisted in trying to win her back.
In spite of humiliating circumstances, Hosea was faithful to his wife and tried to get her to be faithful to him as well. At one point, Hosea actually bought back his wife from another man that she has left him for.
Today, as probably happened in Hosea’s life, many people would question why anyone would continue to pursue a relationship with someone who obviously cannot be trusted. The point of Hosea’s marriage is that we might recognize how we treat God as well as how persistent He is in bringing us back into a relationship with Himself.
For the Christian believer: we have to ask ourselves—very seriously—if we are behaving like a faithful bride of Christ, or are we treating God as poorly as Gomer treated Hosea? Now, I know that most Christians would say that they certainly do not “cheat” on God. That may be true, but I challenge you to take a look at your actions to be certain.
Adultery is a deep disrespect that attacks the most intimate and vulnerable part of another human being. It is the ultimate act of disrespect and humiliation that, in the presence of others, degrades the very person who should have been able to trust you most. Do you do that to God? Do you publically mock the One who walks through all of the scorn, mockery, and hatred in order to bring you back into a relationship with Himself?
How many Christians talk about their faith like a marriage to God only to disrespect Him by engaging in drunkenness, selfishness, anger, gossip, slothfulness, or a myriad of other actions that let the world know that your “marriage” is a joke and God is the butt of it.
How many of us think that, since we are mostly faithful to God, we are not cheating on Him? Imagine being unfaithful to your spouse three days a year—that’s over 99% faithful. How many of us are even that faithful to God?
God compares Hosea’s marriage to the way His people treat Him. The book is very provocative and is meant to get the attention of the people. However, as with all of the Bible, it is not for the sake of condemnation, but rather with the desire for reconciliation. After describing the cruel ways that the people treat God, He says, “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely” (Hosea 14:4a).
The only thing more powerful than our selfish desires is God’s relentless, gracious, and amazing love for us. What can you do to show Him the same love in return?
“The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them” (Hosea 14:9b).
Please come join us as we fix our eyes on Jesus. We meet Sundays at 9 a.m. for Sunday school and 10 a.m. for worship. Everyone is welcome!