Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12
Hosea is a very interesting book of the Bible.
In this book, God used a man named Hosea to show Israel how they have ‘committed adultery’ against Him.
God has loved Israel with a strong love, providing for her needs, and taking care of her children. Yet, Israel had gone after other gods, and polluted the land with idol worship, and departed from the knowledge and love of God.
God had Hosea marry a harlot, a prostitute who was very promiscuous.
She bore him a son and other children, but then left Hosea several times to be with other men.
She finally ended up a slave, being sold at an auction. Hosea redeemed her, and bought her back, even after her adultery.
It was a true life analogy of how we have sinned by departing from God’s ways, but God was willing at a great price, to buy us back. He redeemed us through the blood of His own Son, Jesus.
That is how great the Father loves us. He knows that we sin against Him for various reasons, but has provided a way for us to be forgiven, and for our relationship with Him to be restored.
Gomer was Hosea’s wife. I can’t imagine how she felt as she was on the auction block, stripped of her freedom? Then, to have the father of her children, the one who loved her, buy her back after she had done him such a terrible wrong. Maybe out of deep respect and obligation, she chose to be faithful to Hosea after that?
Like in the verse above, it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness upon us.
This is a song I wrote several years ago:
Like Falling Rain:
My Jesus came like a falling rain
On dry ground, on a desert plain,
Where no flower grew,
Only thorns and pain,
Until the refreshing rain
Came pouring down,
To water dry and thirsty ground.
I was born again into a garden,
that blossomed and grew,
I was made new, by joy and love,
By the son of God, from above,
And God’s own love!
I will never thirst again,
Streams in the desert
that will never end,
And the joy it gives,
because my Savior lives,
I am born again
Of the refreshing rain,
All because Jesus came,
Jesus came like a falling rain,
On dry ground,
Where I was found!
Dear Jesus, I pray the You would pour down Your Holy Spirit, and fill my dry and thirsty soul with Your great love! You are amazing! You have such great love, even for people who have been unfaithful to You. Help us to love as You love.