Gomer had left Hosea and run off to a lover. According to Mosaic law, Hosea could have had her stoned for infidelity (see Deut. 22:13-21). He could have written her a certificate of divorce and married a more faithful woman (Deut. 24:1-4). But in the middle of Gomer’s adultery, God commanded Hosea, “Go get her.”
Hosea would have been justified to be finished with Gomer, even to deal her harsh consequences. But through Hosea, God was showing His love for His people. In our sinfulness, we turn and offer our worship to people, to comfort, to fame and fortune, and to other gods. By all rights, we deserve His wrath and to be completely cut off from Him forever. But in His great compassion and love, God bought us out of our slavery to sin. He married us to Himself and claimed us as His own. Though we continue in our adulterous ways and sin against Him each day, He continues to forgive, pursue, and restore us to Himself, not because we are worthy but because He is mighty in compassion and grace.
What are some ways you trample upon God’s grace in your life?