For the past 6 months I have been drawn to the book of Hosea. Time after time, He brings me in to the story of His persistent pursuit. Before I started going through Hosea I read a quote in a devotion that said;
“To embrace the gospel-riches of Hosea, we must first embrace that the book is about you and me.”
Hosea is a story of God calling one of his prophets, Hosea, to go out and marry a prostitute named Gomer. God pushed Hosea to pursue this broken woman no matter what. Hosea is rejected over and over again by Gomer, but he pursues her still. There is also a parallel in this book between God and Isreal and Hosea and Gomer. In both cases, we are Isreal and Gomer. We are chosen and pursued, but deny that truth.
I am pretty sure that is why I am so drawn in on the story of Gomer… because, with hard realization, I am in every way her. I am bruised, I am broken, I idolize, I am a sinner, I am reluctant to accepting love, I am stubborn, I am selfish, and I am in desperate need of a savior. But, He pursues me still. He comes to us like the rain (Hoses 6:3) and He seeks out our hearts time and time again.
For the first time in a long time, the one guy I am in full relationship with right now is the Lord and that is new, exciting, and also very trying. I find myself pushing off the Lord just as Gomer pushed off Hosea. I see myself saying “I do”, but not identifying with my new identity —just as Gomer did when she became Hosea’s bride. But then I read these words;
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Anchor a door of hope.” – Hosea 2:14-15
“Let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:3
“I led them with cords of kindness, with bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke” – Hosea 11:4
“Return, O Israel to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your inequity… I will heal there apostasy; I will love them freely.” – Hosea 14:1-4
This is why I keep coming back to Hosea.
Friends, His pursuit is persistent and every bit beautiful. He is after your heart. No matter how broken and unworthy you feel, He loves you still. He is waiting to heal you. He is waiting to redeem you. He is waiting to fill you with His love.
Return to Him. You and I both, we need to learn to be open to love rather than reluctant. Receive the gift of His grace, His friendship, His relationship, and His everlasting love. Fall into the persistent pursuit and pursue Him back. Go to the hard place of recognizing that you are Gomer. Read through Hosea —let Him draw you in. Be vulnerable and honest with yourself. And again, return to Him.
And if these words seem too all over the place from the overflow of my heart then just hear this; He pursues you STILL. He pursues you despite your rejection. He pursues you despite your brokeness. He pursues you despite your sin. He pursues you despite how unlovable you feel. You are not too broken or too lost for Him to find you and your heart and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more or less. So don’t wait to return to Him when you feel like you are good enough, because there never is a “good enough” – He wants you now in the pit of the brokenness.
Return child. You are His.