God is so unexpected.
Today as I read through the Old Testament book of Hosea I came to this beautiful verse:
The word “therefore” blows my mind because of what came immediately before this passage: Betrayal, Adultery, idolatry, a long string of “lovers,” a cascade of consequences. Then, suddenly, inexplicably, Grace steps in.
Grace. God’s favor bestowed on sinners who deserve wrath.¹
Man’s sin and God’s grace.
What a contrast.
You can bet Gomer wasn’t expecting that response. She’d never dare to ask for it.
Yet God woos us despite our tired, sin-worn track record and invites us to become His “betrothed.“ Click To Tweet
Our sin vs. God’s grace. There’s just no contest. Love conquers. Grace covers.
God wins.Love conquers. Grace covers. God wins. Click To Tweet
What an incomprehensible Savior we serve! I love the old song that sings, “What grace, what love that was given by Thee, beyond comprehension it was all done for me!”
But even that doesn’t seem to cover the story of Gomer . . .
Harlot, faithless wife, MIA mom. Someone who laid sin upon sin and worked hard to gain the miserable bonds of the slave block. She was destined for the discard pile.
I am more like Gomer than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I too, have forsaken my First Love. I too, have been an MIA mom.
Like Gomer, I don’t deserve God’s grace.
I take God lightly. I run after other “lovers;” my pleasure, “my way,” “my plans.” I pursue what I want to possess.
And it isn’t always God.
Yes, I am like Gomer. Inscribed with His name, hidden in His heart —
— unfaithful to the core.
But God’s response to Gomer’s sin, to my sin, is a love that woos and whispers words that “speak to our heart” for God loves first —
— and condemns last.
Your patience is long, O Lord, Your love incomprehensible. You forgive us so much! You stick with us when our flesh grows thick and our faith wears thin. You never give up on us. You are faithful. Loving. You are patient, kind, and gentle.
You are GRACE
You are GOD. And how we love You for it!
Who else would respond to betrayal, to hatred, to cold-hearted disdain with selfless, unflickering love?
How has God acted in unexpected ways in your life?
² I stumbled on this beautiful rendition of Hosea 2:14, but when I went back to cite my source, I couldn’t find it. If anyone locates it, please let me know. Thanks!