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Unfaithful to the Faithful One
“…Go take yourself an adulterous wife…” (Hosea 1:2 NIV)
Hosea knew from the beginning that Gomer was trouble; he knew that she was not going to be faithful to him and not only loved her anyway, but entered into covenant relationship with her when they married. God knew I was a mess, yet loved me anyway and entered into covenant relationship with me when He saved me and forgave my sins. But covenant relationship wasn’t enough for Gomer or me…
“…I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink…” (Hosea 2:5)
Gomer left her husband to go after other men for the necessities she felt they could provide for her. My “necessities” were not food and linen; mine were affirming words (sweet talk), quality time, affection, and intimacy. Like Gomer, I ran after “lovers” trying to get these things.
However, like Gomer, I was never able to get what I wanted and sought after so desperately. “…therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them…” (Hosea 2:6-7a)
That was the story of my life! God blocked me at every turn. God did not allow any of those “relationships” to be successful. When confronted with this reality I behaved like Gomer again. Instead of truly accepting God’s love for me and realizing that everything I needed I could find in Him, I only would go back to God in between pursuits.
“…Then she will say, I will go back to my husband, as at first, for then I was better off than now, she has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold…” (Hosea 2:7b-8)
Just like Gomer, I was broken down! (See Hosea 2:9-13) I was taken to a place of isolation, where I felt undesirable. All the attention I used to get from men disappeared and the males that were in my life showed their true colors in such a way that I could not ignore how they really felt about me. I suffered through the feeling that God had “divorced” me. I cried out and there was no answer; I longed for His comfort but could not feel Him.
BUT GOD! He caused Hosea to show mercy on Gomer. “…Go show your love to your wife again…” (Hosea 3:1a) By this point, Gomer had become a slave as I had. I was struggling with depression, hopelessness, and feelings of condemnation. Hosea brought Gomer back just as God delivered and restored me.
“…You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you…” (Hosea 3:3) Hosea recommitted to his covenant relationship with Gomer but not without specific guidelines. This mirrored my renewed covenant with God to live as a single, saved, CELIBATE woman serving God only. Do I desire to be married and have children? Yes, it’s one my heart’s desires. However, like Gomer, I had to learn to be faithful to my “FIRST HUSBAND”, the lover of my soul.
My story is that I continuously left God for men, but it may not be men for you. It may be your ambition, your job, drugs, anger etc. Be encouraged and know that God can and will forgive and restore you. This journey has been a difficult one and I admit I have fallen several times, but I thank God that not only did He not leave me, His love kept coming after me. Everything I’ve searched after in men, I have found in God. “…I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her, there I will give her back her vineyards and will make the Valley of Achor, a door of hope, there she will sing as in the days of her youth…” (Hosea 2:14-15)
Thank You for Your unconditional, everlasting love. Thank You for never letting me go but instead correcting and continuing to make me into the woman You have called me to be. Lord, help me to remain faithful to You. Help me not to get so anxious at the prospect of earthly romance that I give my heart prematurely without consulting You. Help me to acknowledge You in all my ways and allow You to direct my life. Never let me forget that You are the lover of my soul and my faithfulness will always belong to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stop cheating on God!! Reconcile and reunite with the Lover of your soul, for He loves you so much that He died for you and continues to come after you. He wants to bless you beyond anything you can imagine. However, He can’t do what He wants to do in you and through you if you continue to be unfaithful to Him.
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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”