Reflection: The imagery in the Old Testament book of Hosea is deliberate and brutal. God instructs the prophet Hosea to marry the prostitute, Gomer. We read that Hosea loved her and provided for her… but despite this, she ran away to continue her life of prostitution. Hosea then sets out to win her back.
The metaphor is as clear as it is powerful. God’s people, the Jews, have turned away from God, seeking autonomy to do their own thing––notably, making gods of other things. Through the story of Gomer, God entreats them to return. He promises forgiveness and says he will ‘allure her’, i.e. woo his people. He goes on to say: ‘I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.
This shows the heart God has towards you and me who are far from perfect.
Therefore, be confident. God wants you to respond to his love with your own.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, you have never given up on me. Your love is relentless and wonderful. In response, I can only say ‘yes’ to you, and offer you my love.