E-votional - Gomer
"How can I give you
up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like
Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all
my compassion is aroused. I
will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim.
For I am God, and not man-- the Holy One among you. I will not come in
- Hosea 11:8-9
and compassion, they have the ability to forgive, break down walls and restore
the lost. Problem
is, the unforgiven, the ones building up walls and those that feel they are
lost causes and hopeless, these feeling compound, like the interest in our
retirement plans. The longer these feelings of hopelessness are
around the harder it is to break through. Feelings of inadequacy and
the need for defensiveness somehow can grow inside as a result of being
beaten down and/or beating ourselves down. This is a life that is
almost cannibalism of the soul. Gomer,
the wife of Hosea, seeking the one thing she knew best or maybe was most
familiar with, left home to deal and cope with the one thing she new she was
good at, failure.
Hear the Good News, just
as Hosea sought Gomer,
the love of his life, God seeks us out out of love and compassion.
God has this desire to have a relationship with us and asks that this
relationship be like that of a marriage
covenant. Knowing who God
is to us and who were are to Him, love and compassion for one another
and faithfulness, this is what he asks. Gomer, being used and
abused most of life like that of work boots, felt most comfortable in the
mud and grime of life. Seeking to be one step ahead of rejection by
doing it to herself, she ran. But what she did not know and realize
was the love that Hosea had for her. We should stop running and
recognize the love and compassion that is not only ours to receive, but to
share. What an image, Hosea, receiving Gomer back into his arms,
carrying her home . . .
Father, love and compassion,
faithfulness and truth, embodied, let me come home to You. Sure I run,
it seems the easiest at times, but I desire to run no more. Let me
accept the love you offer and share it with others. Let me receive and
share needed love and compassion with others in my life that they might
know and understand your grace and compassion.
Thank you Father, for all You have
done and all You will continue to do in my life. Amen.