A Guest Post FROM Wykeshia – What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Posted on July 28, 2013 by

One of my readers, a Christian single girl, wrote a post for me to share:

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Here’s this love story in the Bible of an undying love between two people: Hosea and Gomer.

You know that Hosea was one of the Minor Prophets in the Bible and he’s the writer of this book that is about suffering love from the heart of God. God spoke to Hosea to go out and find him a wife.    Hosea was on a mission to find a wife and not just any kind of wife: a prostitute.

You remember when I explained to you about X-girls? Well, Gomer was an X-Prostitute. So for a while, she was always out searching for her lover. The thing is – every last one of her lovers gave her everything she needed but all that didn’t even satisfied her enough. As she continue doing what she was doing, Gomer had no idea that God would strip her naked. Every beautiful feature that she had on body would be taken away –  and with that, she was being sold. When Hosea found out that Gomer was in town, he decided to go get his wife.   The other men probably said,  “Hosea, if I were you, I wouldn’t do it.” But Hosea knew God instructed him to do this.    When Hosea went and purchased Gomer with $26.40 worth 15 pieces of silver, homer and lethek of barley, both Hosea and Gomer found love in each other’s eyes, and everybody in the city was talking about him.

Here’s the question you might ask just like the people would ask Hosea,

“Why would he love  a woman like that?”

The Bible says, “She decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot,” declares the Lord. (Hosea 2:13) Hosea married Gomer and yet, the more she went out on him, the more he loved her. He has given her everything a good wife deserved: his love, his home, his name, his reputation. Gomer responded by sleeping around with other men.

He warned her, he pleaded with her, he even punished her. She humiliated him until he wanted to cry, yet and still he clung to her.

You may wonder why Hosea began with his personal life and that’s because God had expressly told him to relate it to another, more tragic love story: the painful love of God for his people. It’s true that God could’ve simply declared, “Israel is like a wife to me–an adulterous wife.” Instead, He used Hosea to act out the treachery in real life–and to show in living color God’s fury, his jealousy, and above all else, His love for his people. But still, what’s love got to do with it?

God is a Lover.

When most people must have been preoccupied with politics and military matters, the Prophet Hosea kept his message aimed at idol worship, which he referred to as adultery against God. He saw that as the root of Israel’s problems. Hosea shows that God’s concern about idolatry is no fussy, religious matter. It is terribly personal. God, the Lover, will not share his bride with anyone else. The question is, “What’s really tearing God’s heart up?” well, the answer to that question is that God’s anger and jealousy reflect his powerful love. Sin does not merely break God’s laws, it breaks his heart! He punishes to get his lover’s attention. Yet even when she turns her back on Him, He sticks with her. He is willing to suffer, in the hope that someday will change. Hosea shows that God longs not to punish, but to love.

(From PEACEFULWIFE – we must STILL be very on guard against idolatry today.  It is EASY to put other things in God’s place in our hearts.  What is your goal in life?  What is most important to you in this world?  Where do you find contentment?  What is it that you think you MUST have to be happy?  If the answer to any of these questions is not Christ – you may be dealing with an idol – I know I have had many idols and that grieves the heart of God.   It is HUGE sin.  Time to rip all the idols out by the root and worship, serve and honor God alone!)

No other prophet lived out an object lesson with quite the same emotional force as Hosea did. Gomer had sunk so low as to sell herself into slavery, but Hosea purchased her back and reclaimed her as his wife. That remarkable deed, certainly the subject of his countrymen’s gossip, symbolized God’s undying love for his people. Though they dragged His name in the mud, still He welcomes them back.

Love has got a lot to do with everything – GOD IS LOVE. Why? It’s because “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)  Another one of the minor prophet by the name of Jonah learned a great lesson about God’s love as well. God taught Jonah that HIS love is great! God’s love is greater than HIS anger and it is for all His creatures. You can even ask the Major Prophet Jeremiah. He will tell you that God’s love is timeless (Jeremiah 31:3). It makes no difference on what we do to break His heart, love changes things (1 Peter 4:8). On that note, if we all as His children wanted to be loved, here’s what God, Our Father would tell us: “You don’t have to worry about LOVE: As long as I am existing, you will be loved.”

Now, that really explains What’s Love Got to do with it!!!