Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
This illustrates the depth of God’s love for Israel, even though the people had turned to other gods.
The wife of the prophet Hosea had abandoned him and their children and had been living with many men.
Finally, her circumstances got so bad that she was about to be sold as a slave.
Despite all the pain and humiliation she’d caused, after all the rejection and unfaithfulness,
Hosea still had an undying love for her when God spoke today’s Scripture to him.
He went and found her beaten down, dirty, and clothes torn, and bought her back.
We’ve all been unfaithful and gone our own way, but God who is rich in mercy didn’t turn His back on us.
He came down to the messy places, to where we failed, and bought us back with the price of His own Son’s life.
Since God rescued you, will you be a Hosea and rescue somebody else?
There are hurting people in messy places all around you, broken people who think no one cares.
They’re not in your path by accident.
You can help love them back into wholeness with mercy and grace.
Say this Prayer:
“Father, thank You for being rich in mercy and never giving up on me when I’ve gone my own way and failed.
I want to love the people You have placed in my life as You do.
Help me to be like Hosea, full of grace and mercy to help lift the fallen and restore them to wholeness.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”