Has God every asked of you a task that you did not understand or seems unthinkable? Maybe what He told you to do seemed backward and contrary to what you believe.
When God began speaking to Hosea, He told him (Hosea) to do something unthinkable. He told Hosea to marry a prostitute. Hold up?! What?! We have been taught time after time to aspire to find a Godly spouse that will honor marriage for what it is, a commitment between you, your spouse, and God. Why would God want Hosea to marry such an unfit mate?
Israel had been unfaithful to God in their covenant with Him. They had rejected God’s law and were becoming involved in idolatry and harlotry. Losing trust in God, they were following earthly means such as kings and foreign partnerships. Israel also became guilty of injustice and murder. God was truly grieved by Israel.
Hosea was a prophet that was devoted to deliver God’s message to Israel. He was to tell the people of their wicked ways and God’s judgment. One way Hosea was to understand better how God was affected by the people of Israel was in his marriage to the prostitute Gomer. Hosea would feel the pain of Gomer’s adultery and rebellious way, as the Lord felt about the idolatry and departure of Israel.
Hosea obeyed God. He married a woman that seemed unfit to be his partner in life. What was the purpose? Just as an example? Hosea’s marriage was a mirror, in way, of the relationship of God and Israel. As you will see later, Hosea never left Gomer. He continually took her back in the midst of her loveless actions. Hosea’s marriage was a symbol of grace and love toward God’s people. Yes, there was pain and judgment, but God never stopped loving them and wanted to bring them to restoration.
Yes, there was pain and judgment, but God never stopped loving them and wanted to bring them to restoration.
Sometimes we think as followers that we should always have an easy path. However, that is so far from the truth! Salvation does not grant an entitlement of easy living or guarantee of a life free from pain and suffering. Look at Hosea. He was a prophet of God. He loved God, yet God gave him an unthinkable task in marrying a prostitute. His marriage was difficult. Yet he honored his vows and continued to show Gomer the love of a faithful husband.
God may give us what seems like hard and difficult tasks. However, God sees the purpose and vision behind it. We are to trust in Him and continue to be faithful to only Him through difficult paths.
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