And it shall be, in that day, Says the Lord, That you will call Me My Husband, And no longer call Me my Master, Hosea 2:16 NKJV
God commanded the Prophet Hosea to marry an unfaithful woman. The Lord wanted Hosea to experience the rejection and betrayal He felt.
God chose the children of Israel from among all the nations of the earth. He chose them to be special and set apart to Him. God chose to lavish His love upon them. He wanted to be loved by them.
God delivered Israel from bondage to the Egyptians. He provided food and water in the wilderness. He led them on their journey into the Promised Land. He gave them victory over their enemies.
Despite the love and care God lavished upon Israel they set their hearts on idols. They worshiped false gods that were not gods at all. They walked away from a set apart relationship with the Lord. They chose to live like the nations surrounding them.
God desired to live in intimate relationship with Israel. He desired their adoration love and praise.
God declared He would draw the children of Israel back into intimacy with Him. He would forgive them for idolatry. He would forgive them for rejecting and despising His love. God would transform their legalistic rituals into true worship!
These verses of scripture were written to people who lived long ago in a foreign land. They were written for us today.
God is speaking to people who set their hearts on idols today. People who allow other things to occupy first place in their hearts. He is speaking to people distracted by trials and hardship. He is speaking to people attracted to things that glitter and shine but have no eternal value.
God desires relationship with us above all things. He will draw us back to Him!
The Lord’s mercy and compassion are new every morning. The size and scope of our sins and failures do not matter. God is waiting for us to return to Him. He is waiting for us with a heart of compassion and forgiveness.
If you have strayed from the love of God return to Him. He is waiting for you to seek Him. He is waiting for you to incline your heart to Him. Do not let anything prevent you from entering into covenant relationship with Jesus!
Almighty God longs for the day you will look at Him with the eyes of a bride adoring her beloved husband. Jesus longs for the day you will be as faithful to Him as He is to you!
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