Straying From God

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The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

Hosea 3:1

Unfaithful Gomer left her husband, Hosea, and turned to the temptations of the world with its evil desires. Eventually, she found herself in slavery, imprisoned by her sins. God instructed Hosea to find Gomer and bring her home. Hosea was also commanded to keep her safe and to provide for her. Most importantly, Hosea was to love her once again.

Gomer represents the children of Israel. God tells this story to illustrate His own willingness to find his people, to protect them, and to provide for His nation. He rescues them from their sins and brings them back to His heart, which is filled with unconditional love. Gomer symbolizes us, too, because we stray from God’s commands. If our heart is not committed to God, the lure of temptations will lead us to abandon him.

Be horrified at this, heavens; be shocked and utterly appalled. This is the Lord’s declaration. For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.

Jeremiah 2:12-13

God is showing us in this verse in Jeremiah, the essence of evil. To God, evil is to prefer something else. When we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8) and we abandon the Glory (Jeremiah 2:11) because we desire something else, it’s because we have preferred our own provision. We obtain it faster, we create the choices we prefer, and the quantity we desire. We cast aside the living water and prefer to dig for water elsewhere. Eve rejected God in a similar way when she spurned the wisdom he provided for her and desired for the tree to make her wise (Genesis 3:6).

God is always faithful. He finds us when we hide in the so-called shelters of lust and greed, and He brings us home to his heart. In His forgiving nature, God continually seeks to restore our relationship with him because he stands firm in his commitment to love unconditionally. God’s unfailing love heals our broken souls and serves as a model on how we are to treat others. Like Gomer, some of us have been unfaithful. But God’s faithfulness is forever, for he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

Come, let us return to the Lord, and He will heal us. He will bind up our wounds. He will revive us and raise us up so we can live in His presence. Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land (Hosea 6:1-3). Let us repent before the Lord because He is faithful to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). From the overflow of your heart, let your mouth speak. Amen.

In His grace,

Amanda

Women of Faith series

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