When we think of love, we often think of the cute, romantic version. We envision hugs, kisses, flowers, hearts, and kind words. The truth is love isn’t always dainty and cute. Real love is not void of adversity; it is often fortified as a result of it. However, we know that there is no such thing as a perfect love story.
We see this in the story of Gomer and Hosea. Hosea was a righteous man whom God instructed to marry a woman named Gomer who was a harlot. In spite of her known infidelity, he obeyed God and married her anyway. He not only married her but he loved, honored, and cherished her. Gomer had never experienced such love and became unhappy in her marriage. She committed adultery with other men and eventually grew discontent in marriage which led to leaving her husband. After being used and abused, she ended up being sold into slavery but God instructed Hosea to go and buy her back. God even told him to forgive her. In Hosea 3:1, God instructs him to get her back by saying, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods”.
Let’s be honest. We probably would have not been as open to receiving God’s instructions as he was in light of all she had done. However, we can learn so much from this story. Does this story sound familiar? It should because it reminds us of how God continues to pursue us even when we reject Him. Honestly, our rejection can be equated to Gomer’s ways. Yet, God still loves us. His love goes the distance with us in our sin. Psalms 139:8 even says that if we make our bed in Hell, He is there. Why would He go through so much trouble for us? It’s because of His profound desire to reclaim us as His own. Like Hosea, God paid a debt we couldn’t pay when He gave Jesus for the appropriation of our sins. From that point on, He has continued in constant pursuit of us. His love chases us down. In order to love like Him, we must have the same heart when it comes to loving others because we want them to experience God’s love through us. The same grace God gave Hosea to love Gomer is available to us when it comes to those who are difficult to love.
We can run but we can’t hide from God’s love. It’s inescapable. It’s unexplainable. It’s incomprehensible. It’s Crazy Love!!!