Devotional: Divine Romance – Hosea

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“The fullness of your grace is here with me

The richness of your beauty is all I see

The brightness of your glory has arrived

In your presence God I’m completely satisfied”

Growing up in a Christian home I was always exposed to the love of Christ through my family. Despite all that exposure, it wasn’t until five years ago that I actually experienced Divine Romance. Any woman wants to feel “love” in every way possible by someone or seeks it in material things. I could not find this “love” in my clothes, boyfriend, friends, work or sports. So, I sought Scripture and found something much better… a divine romance.

Hosea was a devout husband to Gomer even though Gomer lived a philandering life. Hosea illustrates Israel’s unfaithfulness through his own family’s circumstances. The Lord began to speak through Hosea to Israel. The Lord always wants our heart.

Hosea 3:1 “And the Lord said to me, Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisin.”

The Israelites became promiscuous, adulterous people that no longer followed the Lord. They led idolatrous worship, pursuing their neighbor’s idols. Here on Earth we look to worldly things for fulfillment. Hope had disappeared, and the Israelites awaited divine judgment. At first the Israelites see no mercy from God, but the nation of Judah receives His mercy instead.

Hosea 1:7 “But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God. I will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.”

5cf8b62bGod is going to save them by His redeeming love that surpasses the human capacity to comprehend.

Hosea 1:11 “And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head. And they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.”

The Israelites walked through trial and suffering, learning where their help comes from. Our help comes from the Lord. A Covenant is built between God and Israel for the future. Love doesn’t come close to describing this idea completely. Hosea uses the Hebrew term ‘hesed’ which translates to great love or covenant of love. Israel lived this idolatrous life for 250 years; we can only imagine the Father rejoicing when this time ended and the Israelites became Children of the Living God. When we begin a relationship with God this is a covenant that will never be broken. He desires our hearts and will love us unconditionally.

This immaculate story of love – we cannot come close to fathoming it. The Father yearns for us like he did for the Israelites. My heart is completely satisfied because I have Christ. Like the Israelites, we do not deserve this love and mercy from God because of our idolatrous lifestyles. But that’s who God is, the Author, the Creator, the giver of Divine Romance.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:37-39

-Victoria Ammon

VictoriaAmmon-2I have been blessed with a wonderful husband Travis for almost 3 years. We share a heart for youth ministry and the mission field. I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, playing with my chickens and coaching volleyball.
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