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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

God's Faithful, How About You?

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It's interesting that almost every book of the Old Testament I've read, I've encountered the same theme: God is faithful even when we are not. But it doesn't stop there. It's not just that He is faithful; it's that He does whatever it takes to bring us back. God pursues us even when we slam the door in His face. He is relentless in His quest to bring us back to Him. It's incredible!

Hosea's marriage to Gomer the harlot is the perfect example for us believers. It's a parallel comparison of God's pursuit of the Israelites. Hosea represented God's role as the relentless pursuer who kept bringing Gomer back to himself, even though she'd been unfaithful to Hosea and had left him to go back to her prostitution. The Israelites represent Gomer the harlot.They have gone after other gods, despite how good God had been to them. The same with Hosea. Hosea treated Gomer well, but for some unknown reason that we are not told, she chose to leave him for her old life. Although the entire book of Hosea is about God's love for His people, there's one part I wanted to focus on.

Israel has left God and gone back to the foreign gods, whom Israel falsely believed gave them the good things they had in life. They didn't realize that it was actually God who had cared for them the whole time, even while they were in sin. Because they believe in a lie and are deceived, God devises a plan to bring them back,

. . . and went after her lovers
and forgot me, declares the LORD,
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.
And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth . . .

And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me 'My Husband,'

Hosea 2:13b-16

God loved them so much, he wouldn't give up on them. He wouldn't let go. He knew that his effort would pay off. Isn't it a beautiful picture for us? Whenever we feel like we've blown it and can't come to God for forgiveness, He's actually pursuing us to come back to Him. He desires for us to come back, in spite of our sin. Nothing you can do as a believer can push you back so far that God doesn't want you back. His love is unconditional and unlike any other's love. God will never go back on His promise to be faithful. He will be faithful to you even when you are not. Shouldn't His boundless love
compel you to run to Him? So, what are you waiting for?