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In the Style of The Isaacs
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“The Lord said to me again, “Go, love the woman who has a lover and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer of barley and a measure of wine.” Hosea 3: 1-2 Have you ever watched as someone you loved, a friend, a child, a spouse, has made choices you knew were foolish and wrong? From your perspective, you could clearly see that their decisions would end in disaster, but they refused to listen and insisted on doing it their way? I am struggling with that right now. A little over a week ago, Dylan was arrested, AGAIN! He’s violated his parole and may soon be going back to prison. If you’ve ever been heartbroken by a wayward loved one, you’ll find a lot to relate to in the book of Hosea. It’s a short book. You can easily read it in a single sitting. It‘s short but Hosea is packed with insight into God’s character and love for us. It tells the story of a man stung by his wife’s repeated adultery and betrayal, but who actively seeks her out and forgives her long after even the most patient person would’ve given up on her. In the midst of this latest problem with Dylan, I’ve had several well meaning friends tell me that I just need to “cut him loose” and turn my back on him. When they tell me that, the story of Hosea always comes to mind. Hosea never gave up on Gomer. As sinful as she was he still loved her and when the chance came for him to take her back he did. He forgave her of all the wrongs that she had done to him. Dylan is my Gomer. I love him and I cannot turn my back on him. There are things that are going to have to change about how he lives his life but I will be there to help him make those changes. Slow and painful as those changes may be. Hosea’s life, and relationship with his straying wife, is a fitting metaphor for God and his love for his people. Hosea loves his wife but she sins against him and leaves him. At her lowest point, Hosea comes and buys her back and welcomes her back to the family. God loves us but we sin against Him and walk away from Him but He buys us back with the sacrifice of His son. Just like I am hurt whenever Dylan does something so against the way he was raised, God is hurt when we choose to reject Him and follow our own ways. His love for us is like my love for Dylan and your love for your children but multiplied to the nth degree. Our actions hurt and anger Him, but he never stops loving us. God uses the natural consequences of sinful behavior to point people back to Him. God could very easily force us to obey Him but He wants us to see the error of our ways and come back to him of our own accord. No matter how far you have strayed from the ways of God, He stands ready to welcome you back into the family. His love and His patience are limitless, all you have to do is call on Him. Thank you for worshiping with me today.