I started reading the book of Hosea yesterday as part of a devotional on youversion. (She Reads Truth) Yesterday I read chapter 1, today chapter 2. I feel like I could spend weeks just studying chapter 2. Obviously, we are Gomer – pursued by the Lord… but unfaithful and too caught up in the things of the world to surrender to Him.
The entire chapter is so good, but I went through and selected the specific verses that spoke to me. It’s so beautiful!
“She doesn’t realize it was I who gave her everything she has—
the grain, the new wine, the olive oil;
I even gave her silver and gold.
But she gave all my gifts to Baal.
I will strip her naked in public,
while all her lovers look on.
No one will be able
to rescue her from my hands.
I will punish her for all those times
when she burned incense to her images of Baal,
when she put on her earrings and jewels
and went out to look for her lovers
but forgot all about me,”
says the Lord.
“But then I will win her back once again.
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her there.
I will return her vineyards to her
and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.
She will give herself to me there,
as she did long ago when she was young,
when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.
When that day comes,” says the Lord,
“you will call me ‘my husband’
instead of ‘my master.’
I will make you my wife forever,
showing you righteousness and justice,
unfailing love and compassion.
I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
and you will finally know me as the Lord.”
(Hosea 2:8, 10, 13-16, 19, 20 NLT)
We are Gomer.
We are unfaithful.
We sell the gifts God gave us for our own personal gain.
We dress up for the world.
But He wins us back.
He shows us righteousness and justice.
He gives us unfailing love and compassion.
He makes us His own so that we can know Him.
Hosea’s Wife, by Brooke Fraser…
And here is a great blog explaining more about the life of Gomer and how we relate to her: http://facultyblog.eternitybiblecollege.com/2012/04/meet-gomer/