It was like I had never understood Him the way I finally did last Sunday morning. I still have goosebumps.
Last year, I finally read the bible. Cover to cover. It was amazing. I had never read the bible and actually avoided much of the Old Testament because I just couldn’t understand how it applied to my life, more on that later, but even though I had read all the verses in the bible, I missed something.
I don’t know about you, but as we’re making our way through Hosea I feel like I am constantly being scolded. Constantly reminded of my shortcomings. Constantly reminded that I am just not good enough. And yet, the entire story of Hosea is God’s love story to us. His ‘wooing’ of us.
I don’t get it.
Because in my mind, everyone, including God, has limits. We all have only so much we can take.
That’s why my husband left.
That’s why I haven’t been very lucky in the dating world.
We can only take so much.
Now, let me back up for a minute.
Sunday morning as I was listening to the sermon being preached by the man who married me and my ex. A man who I avoided for a long time after coming back to North Carolina because I was embarrassed and ashamed. (See what He did there?) He read a verse and it was at that moment that something ‘clicked’.
He doesn’t have limits. (Thank goodness for that.) And while the book of Hosea has been a constant reminder that I am just not good enough for any of this, the verse my good friend read changed it all.
For he who is mighty has done greats things for me, and holy is his name. Luke 1:49
Let that sink in for a minute and I pray that it hits you the way it hit me.
I know it can be hard to read these words from Hosea. I know that it can make us want to run away and hide. I know that it can make us feel like nothing but a failure, but you guys, here it is in that verse. He has done great things for me! Not because we deserve it. Not because He has to. But because He loves us. As is. He looks at us and sees His perfect children.
Not because we are, but because He is.
Yes, these verses in Hosea are hard to read right now. And yes, when you think about how much He loves you and how short you fall, it can be defeating, but that’s where I want you to cling to this verse in Luke and be reminded that none of that matters. Because He has done great things for you.
The truth about sin is that it will lead to consequences. And that isn’t something we like to talk about. But when you realize just how much He loves you. Just how much He has done for you. And just how much He will never give up on you, well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t help, but to want to do better. I can’t help, but to want to love more.
I can’t help, but to want to be even closer to Him.
Lord, thank you for constantly pursuing us. For never giving up on us and even in your lessons of sin and discipline you have mercy on us because you love us that much. Thank you for constantly ‘wooing’ us. Despite our brokenness. Despite the times we turn our backs on you. Thank you for doing those mighty things for us. Lord, may every person who is reading this truly understand what it means to be loved by you. I pray these things in your name and for your honor and glory. Amen.