Hosea 3:5 “Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.”
THEY WILL RETURN
This verse reminds me of the prodigal son story. I am sure he came trembling home to his father. And his father welcomed him home. You know the story, right? But here in Hosea, the Lord is talking about Israel returning to Him after turning their backs on Him. He still loves them. He redeems them again, illustrated by Hosea buying back his WIFE from harlotry. What a picture!
We read this and are amazed. How could Hosea even want his wife back after she had left him and went back to prostituting? I don’t know of a man who would. Hosea probably didn’t want to, but God was using him as a living illustration to the nation. Don’t be shocked! We do the same thing. We go after the world and leave God out. We can always justify it, but we do it.
I am not asking you to try to explain to little Johnnie and Susie what is meant by “harlotry.” When they are old enough you can do that. The point to make to them is how we all decide to go after the world and its pleasures. We think we know what is best for us, but we don’t. We think we want to be free from relationships that stifle us, but we don’t.
Your children are going to want to leave home one day. They may go through a rebellious streak. They may even seemingly abandon their faith. You can’t give up on them. Just like Hosea redeemed his wife, the Lord can redeem that child and bring them back home. You have to believe that.
But how about you? Are you pursuing “harlotry”? Are you trying to shake off the shackles you think are on you? Are you trying to be free of restrictions? Stop it! The only reason the Lord would ever restrict you is to protect you. Trust Him! He knows and will always know what is best for you.