The people of Israel had backslidden, and God wanted Hosea the prophet to show them how much that hurt Him. So, God commanded the prophet to marry a prostitute named Gomer. He was to be a faithful husband to an unfaithful spouse. Hosea experienced a pain similar to what God felt when Israel was spiritually unfaithful.
As Hosea wrote the ending of his book, he made it clear that despite the pain the people of Israel had caused the living God, He still promised healing, forgiveness, and fruitfulness if they would return to Him: (Hos. 14:4-7).
This story parallels the Prodigal Son of The New Testament found in (Lk. 15:12-24)
Life for the person who turns away from God is often characterized by guilt, confusion and dissatisfaction. The truly born-again believer who has fallen into a lifestyle of sin knows deep down that spiritual unfaithfulness to God takes it’s toll on the fellowship* that they once enjoyed with God.
Just as The God of grace offered Israel forgiveness and fruitfulness again, today He offers restoration to the truly repentant fallen Christian (1 John 1:9) says; “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” KJV. This was written for believers. If you have made poor choices that have caused you to slip away from a close fellowship with God I urge you to come back. Repent and seek restored fellowship with the Lord today.
“If you’ve rebelled and turned away
From what you know is true,
Turn back to God-He will forgive,
His pardon waits for you.” -Sper
As long as you are breathing God’s breath it is Never too late to make a fresh start with Him.
* Jesus became sin in order to pay the price of sin for us (II Cor. 5:21) and He knew that would temporarily sever His fellowship with The Father and I believe that grieved Him more than the suffering The Cross would bring because he knew that He had to do that and was not desiring to get out of it.(Jn.12:27) I believe that when He asked The Father to take the cup from Him when He was in Gethsemane He was referring to the cup of that temporary separation and Not The Cross. He did not want to have to utter the words He uttered in Matt. 27:46b) which were “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” KJV. The Father had to temporarily forsake Him ,because He had become sin as seen in (II Cor. 5:21) This lasted until the price of reconciliation had been paid which was His death. He then stated words of Joy when He said “Father into thy hands I commend My Spirit”(Lk.23:46) He did it all that you can have access to return if the need arises.