In marriage, men and women can experience the lofty heights of love, mutual respect, and faithfulness. They can know what it is to both be wholly devoted to another and have that person’s devotion in return.
Marriage in this fashion was intended to be a picture of God’s unending love for his bride, his chosen people. However, his people Israel had become adulterous.
Israel’s sin was idolatry, or worshiping created things rather than Creator God.
Today’s verse sheds more light on this:
When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.”
Hosea 1:2 ESV
Hosea was charged with displaying the absolute horror and devastation of sin upon covenant relationship. Unfaithfulness is truly hideous, and there are few things that inflict deeper wounds than adultery.
Hosea was obedient to use his life as a mirror for the idolatry of the human heart, for his fellows had committed “great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.”
Cast down your idols, return to the God whose love is unending.
Be encouraged that God pursues us in love, respond
to that love by committing yourself solely to Him,
as a bride does on her wedding day.
Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, author of <a href=”https://amazon.com/dp/1945255374″><em>The Men With Bare Feet</em></a> and host of <a href=”http://biblebetterpodcast.podbean.com”>The Bible Better Podcast</a>.