An Unusual Call

“When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.” So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.” Hosea 1:2-3 (ESV)

Can you imagine Hosea’s response to the Lord when He spoke this command? “Excuse me, Lord? What did you say? Can you repeat that?” What man of God would ever be called to marry a prostitute, much less one that is promised to be unfaithful even after marriage?

I am not married yet, but I can only imagine having this conversation with my mom. “Mom, the Lord told me to marry a prostitute named “Gomer.” I have come to get your blessing.” My mom, undoubtedly, would not be thrilled with this prospect regardless of how ready she was for me to be married.

What’s the big deal here? Besides the girl’s name being Gomer, she is impure and seemingly unworthy of someone like Hosea’s affection, and, yet, that is precisely God’s point. You see, you and I are unfaithful to the Lord every day, as we choose to give our worship to other things He created instead of Him. We violate our covenant with Him and are worthy of being rejected. But, see how the Lord responds. Does He reject us? No! He pursues us. He comes after us in our unfaithfulness and buys us back, as Hosea did for Gomer. He is faithful even when we are not.

We should be overwhelmed by the ridiculousness of the love God has for us! Yes, the Lord may call us to do some crazy things, as He did Hosea, but remember that nothing He could call us to is more absurd than His intimate, persistent love for us.

Be overwhelmed by the love of God for you today. Think specifically of God’s love for you displayed on the cross of Christ. Truly, He forsook everything to pursue you!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 201: Hosea 1-7)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Hosea, Love, Pursuit.
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