Once again, I am amazed by God’s faithful and continual pursuit of His people, this time through the book of Hosea.
Hosea 2 begins with a description of Israel’s infidelity to God. The Lord describes Israel’s actions as “harlotry”; she continues to pursue other “lovers,” not realizing that all blessings she receives are actually from her “first husband” (v. 7). Then God, in righteous jealousy, promises to unleash wrath and vengeance upon Israel (“I will hedge up her way with thorns”, “I will uncover Her lewdness/In the sight of her lovers”, “I will punish her for the days of the Baals”, etc.). Yet even though Israel deserves all these punishments, in the end He seeks to purify and restore her:
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Bring her into the wilderness
And speak kindly to her.
“Then I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the valley of Achor as a door of hope
And she will sing there as in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”
– Hosea 2: 14-15
Why does God still desire Israel’s restoration after all the sin she has committed against Him? The answer is given in verses 19 and 20:
“I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice,
In lovingkindness and in compassion,
And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness.
Then you will know the LORD.”
– Hosea 2: 19-20
God wants Israel to once again taste the fruit of the greatest love of all; He wants her to “know the LORD.” Israel was engrossed in pursuing all those “lovers” because she thought they would satisfy her and bring her joy. She failed to see all that God had to offer her — most importantly, Himself!
Each day I chase after wind; I chase after vanity — but God, in His pursuit, reminds us of His divine and perfect love for us. He is more than enough.