“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)
How would you picture your relationship with God? If you had to illustrate your relationship with God, what image would you use?
Well, we have a number of different pictures throughout the Bible that God uses to describe our relationship with Him. God is our Shepherd, we are the sheep. God is the King, we are the subjects of His kingdom. God is the Father, we are His children.
But none of those totally exhaust the image of our relationship with God. God goes even deeper. He pictures our relationship with Him like a marriage. He is the groom, we are the bride. That’s how intimate, personal, lasting, and binding a relationship God wants to have with us. It’s like a marriage.
But there’s a problem. In Hosea’s day, the Israelites turned to other gods, they loved sacred raisin cakes (idol feast delicacies) more than God. But what about us? Although we may not worship statues, what do we worship? What comes before our relationship with God? Our career? Our money? Our children? Our hobbies? Our ________?
Whenever we put something ahead of God in our life, God pictures it like we are committing adultery against Him. He watches the people He loves the most put themselves in the arms of another lover- a lover who will only fail us. Hosea, God’s prophet, was to picture that by marrying an adulteress woman and loving her even though she didn’t deserve it. Why? Because that’s how God loves us!
Even though we’ve been unfaithful, even though we’ve often turned our back on God, even though we’ve put other things ahead of Him in our lives, God sent His own Son to die for our unfaithfulness and to dress us in the clean white wedding dress of His own righteousness!
Why would we not want to love such a God? Why would we ever want to put ourselves in the arms of another?
Confident in God’s spousal love for me, just like you,