Hosea 2: Take Us Back
In Hosea 2, it is interesting what is promised by God. Recall that in the previous chapter Gomer, the wife of Hosea, had committed adultery. She had had two children by other men. Understandably, I imagine that Hosea was pretty hurt, but God gave him the following promise.
Hos 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.
Hos 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
Hos 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
Hos 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
Hos 2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
It is not all over for his relationship. Even though it seems like his wife has abandoned him and is looking for something else, God says that He will bring her back. All of the idolatry that she is currently wrapped up in will be overcome.
I think it is same way with us. We commit adultery every day. As Christians, we are part of the bride of Christ, but how many times do we run off and have a relationship with evil? We run away from where we know we should be because there is something we want elsewhere. It isn’t right, but we do it anyway.
However, God does not abandon us either. He does not lose hope. Like the father of the prodigal son, he is there to welcome us back when we come to our senses. Isn’t that a great thing? Isn’t it great to have a God who will not let go?