Object Lesson

Read Hosea 1:1 through 7:16


Current headlines sometimes mimic biblical accounts. There are often stories about someone reconciling with an unfaithful spouse after repeated indiscretions. People shake their heads and wonder why.


God had Hosea experience this kind of rejection and unfaithfulness, which mirrors how God feels when His people repeatedly turn their backs on Him.


Hosea knew his wife would be unfaithful, but he followed God’s leading. Hosea’s wife was unfaithful time and again. Hosea repeatedly wooed his wife back—not unlike how God tries to get His people to return to Him.


“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. . . . Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him” (Hosea 6:1, 3).


The one thing God wants above everything else is faithful obedience. This has always been His heart’s cry for His creation.


Thought for Today:

The importance of faithfulness in a relationship with God is central and meant to reflect His faithfulness to us.

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