I was recently looking again at the book of Hosea in the Bible because of a song by Brooke Fraser titled Hosea’s Wife. I also recalled the book by Francis Rivers titledRedeeming Love. When I was reading Hosea I found myself shocked and amazed. I simply can’t get over the actions of Gomer. She repeatedly turned from Hosea in spite of his forgiveness. Yet I was even more astonished at how Hosea responded. He continually took her back.
Through the book of Hosea and then hearing the song Hosea’s Wife and remembering back to the fiction account of Gomer I am shocked at God’s response to us. I don’t want to forget how much like Gomer I really am. I don’t want to hang on to guilt or shame but I do want to remember what God saved me from because of His love for me. I am His creation!
Also, the book of Hosea is a parallel account of how God’s people repeatedly turned from Him and God took them back over and over again. I don’t want to forget that truth when I am dealing with people in His Body or even outside the Body. I give up on people to easily at times.
Note: I am not a fiction reader. There are a few exceptions. One fiction book I do highly recommend is Redeeming Love. It was amazing and real.