|“You will carry into eternity the product of your investment in this life. Life is too short and the stakes too high to live mediocre lives.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry, for the land commits great harlotry by forsaking the Lord.”‘ Hosea 1:2
God commanded His prophet Hosea to enter into a marriage with Gomer that was not only dishonoring to the husband, but was against custom, legal sense, and reason. He woos to himself a worthless woman and yokes himself to her in a nonsensical marriage. God uses this marriage to depict to the nation of Israel how He views His relationship with her. Israel, the whore, lusts after other gods and sells herself to a never-ending string of lovers. Still God elects Israel to be His bride, the object of His affection. No reason for such love can be given other than to say that it serves His purpose. Grace has no rationale.
Among people love is awakened by something in the beloved that is attractive. A helpless, cooing child evokes the desire to reach out and take the little one in your arms. Nothing in people evokes such a response from God. Objectively, we merit only condemnation and banishment from His presence. Notice God’s commitment to His faithless wife Israel. “And I will betroth you to me for ever; I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness; and you shall know the Lord.” 305 In her wretched, miserable plight, God takes her under His legal protection forever. This Divine initiative the Bible calls grace.
Gomer did not warrant Hosea’s commitment to her. Israel did not warrant God’s commitment to her. You do not warrant God’s commitment to you. You are the object of God’s grace.
305 Hosea 2:19-20
Psalm 103-104 1 Corinthians 2 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 2
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