“For the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land.” – Hosea 4:1b
The story of Hosea is a hard one to wrap our minds around. It is the story of a marriage that has been betrayed and then the betrayed person buys back their love and redeems them and forgives them.
This is an illustration of how God loves His people. He gives them a hope and future and then they betray that love. Instead of giving up and allowing them to just walk away, God redeems His people. The story of Hosea is in the Bible because we need to see from God’s perspective what it means to turn and run and then be redeemed.
Because we are the betrayers.
We are the unfaithful.
We are the people that run away from Him who loves us.
BUT, why does this story matter…
This story matters because we are not forever betraying people, we are not always unfaithful, we are not the sum of every time we walk away. He chooses not to see us that way. He calls us His! He calls us His workmanship. He calls us His bought with a price and belonging to Him. So this story matters because the story of redemption is not just a story, it is our identity.
So how well do you live this story of redemption and not just hear it, do you share your story…
We have a tendency of showing our students the clean version of ourselves and not showing them the imperfections. I think many times with my students I allow them see my imperfections when they come up, but I don’t intentionally show them my need of redemption or share with them my stories of unfaithfulness to God.
The reason is clear, because I don’t want to reopen wounds. our students need to see our flaws and how we walked through it. what is the story of redemption in us that is at work…does that make sense? It is not safe, but it is good.
God is not safe, but He is oh, so, good.
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