The first time I read the story of Hosea and his harlot wife Gomer, I pitied the man. I sympathized with him because his romantic life had seemingly been martyred for the sake of delivering a sermon to his fellow countrymen.
I imagine him praying fervently for his wife to change and live a faithful life as a prophet’s wife. I can almost see him returning home at night after delivering a soul-splitting prophetic message to his wayward listeners, and standing at his doorstep with a heart full of pain. I’ve often wondered what it would take for one person to love another person so much that their affection isn’t lessened in light of that person’s atrocious faults. It’s amazing to me even now that a multitude of sins, a number far outweighing seventy times seven, can be covered by a love this strong.
Yet, that’s exactly how you are loved. That’s how I am loved. We are pursued by a love so ferocious, so all-encompassing, that it cannot be quelled by our repeated blunders and obnoxious errors. No, it’s not because we’re so beautiful that our divine lover has become intoxicated beyond reason. No, it’s not because we are good most of the time, and so our sporadic mistakes can be easily overlooked. And it’s certainly not because we are so needed that He would rather keep us around than lose us. Far from it! Rather, it’s because we are loved unreasonably, unconditionally, unequivocally, supernaturally by a God who looks deep beyond our flawed-ness and sees the love of His life, the apple of His eye.
David’s words ring loudly in my ear as he inquired of God, “What is man that You are mindful of him? And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4). Indeed, God loves us more than we are ever capable of loving ourselves. And because He loves us, He continually forgives us. For though our sins are mountainous in light of His purity, His love for us is bigger and the covenant He has forged with our souls is more potent. He loves us with a ‘despite-of’, ‘in-spite-of’, ‘regardless-of’, ‘even-if’, and ‘although’ kind of love. In fact, His love for us is unconquerable by any external force.
Indeed, He has married us, knowing quite well that we would be unfaithful from the start; yet He vows to be faithful to us for all our days.
Today, receive the unmerited love of God that tirelessly pursues you. Allow it to permeate your being and transform you into the spotless bride of Christ. Accept His proposal, in the midst of your situation, even if you feel unworthy; accept His hand – marry Him.
Scripture of the Day: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39