Who is Gomer you may ask?
Gomer can be found in the book of Hosea. She was a prostitute whom Hosea married out of obedience to God, and the prophet even took her back after she went back (again) to her former ways
”Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them. ”” Hosea? ?3:1?
How many of us are still going back to our former lives?
We may think that we aren’t selling our bodies for cash or items we desire, but it could look like alcohol or gambling. What about making choices that we know God has warned us from? Lying? Hurting others? Whatever it might be, for some of us, we are still struggling to let go of what was, to allow it to become what is, once more.
Friends, like Hosea, God is running after you. He is searching the streets, the highways, and byways for you to see Him once more.
Remember, at this point, Gomer had left her Godly Husband and three children, to find other lovers.
Hosea bought back what was already his…
Did you know that Hosea means ”salvation”? This passage is a reflection of God purchasing back what is already His. Redemptive love, no matter what the cost.
Hosea is God…
We are Gomer…
I can’t even imagine half of what God has done in pursuit of me. The streets he ventured down, the alleys, the corners He hoped to find me, but He never gave up, and the blood of Jesus is a far higher price than silver, barley, and wine.
I want to encourage you this morning, that God will never stop chasing after you. No matter if you have gone back to ”what was,” He will still want to buy you back. If you think you have gone too far, you haven’t. If you feel you are unlovable, you aren’t. If you believe God would never accept you back into His arms, He will.
So I repurchased her for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine.” Hosea? ?3:2?
Just as we read that Hosea loved Gomer. This morning, let’s remember how much more God loves us