"And I said to her, 'You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man--so, too, will I be toward you.'"
In the book of Hosea, we see a glimpse of God's relationship with Israel. Just as Hosea married Gomer and desired to love her and keep her from adultery, so it was that God loved Israel and desired that they be His alone. Unfortunately, Israel chased after other gods which led to their exile. Instead of grasping the amazing love that God had shown to them, Israel turned their back on their very hope of salvation.
Friend, we all are like Israel. We are born into this world sinful and by our actions, we display hatred towards God. The good news is that God's love is not based on our behavior but on His character. He is love and therefore, He made a way that we could be saved. When we trust in Jesus for salvation and seek His forgiveness, we can find rest. Not only that, but God gives us power to live for Him so that we can demonstrate our love for Him by obeying His Word. What a blessing it is to love and be loved by the God of all creation. May you know His love and may your life be changed because of it.
Life Lesson: We show our love for God through obedience.
Thank You for the love that You have shown to me through Jesus. Because of Christ, I have hope of Heaven and power to live the abundant life now. Father, help me to walk in obedience to Your Word so that others may see my life and glorify You. In Jesus' name, Amen.