[CF Devotionals] 2010-01-18 - Second Chances

Hosea 1:2-9, 2:1-7, 3:1-3

"When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, '˜Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.'" Hosea 1:2

It took a special man to marry a woman with Gomer's past. Gomer was a known adulteress. At the Lord's command, the prophet Hosea sought Gomer as a wife. Gomer represented God's relationship with Israel. At the time, Israelites were disloyal to the Lord, while the Lord loved them and wanted the people to repent and return to Him.

While married to Hosea, Gomer had three children and did not end her adulterous habits. The children gave their mother an ultimatum - to either leave the house, or her lifestyle would be exposed. The purpose of the intervention was not to abandon Gomer, but rather to reform her unfaithful ways. Gomer showed no remorse, not even for the sake of her children. Unfazed, she went to stay with her boyfriends, as they would provide for her.

When no one would have her, she went back to Hosea, not because she pined for her husband or children, but because she missed the privileges and conveniences. She was taken back, but under one condition; Gomer would have to be a one-woman man.

Gomer represents God's forgiveness awaiting all of us. She was a slave to unsatisfying behavior and yet God was always willing and ready to take her back.

We do not know what happens to Hosea and Gomer. The ending is left vague, but I like to think theirs is a happy one. I want to believe they become a healthy and loving family. Gomer could notice the evil of her ways - and give up her rebellious and selfish actions. She could finally see the jewel she is inside, the beauty God sees in her and all of His creations.

Lord, Thank You for not reminding me of all my faults and failures. You love me in spite of them. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

This week's Scripture Challenge: I will always rejoice in the Lord, for He is near. Philippians 4:4-5


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