We are invited to watch the conflict between a husband and wife and make a choice who is right and who is wrong and what is the proper thing that should be done. Do we realize which character we are most like? God wants Israel to hear this message. His desire is that they would not only listen but look at the situation accurately.
The people have expressed an illegitimate intimacy with other gods. God warns that to continue in this way will bring shame and unfruitful life. Their future will resemble the wild desert where survival is most unlikely. The children of Gomer will be affected. The foolish actions of their parents touch the children and the younger generation. Their foolish actions were not just idolatry but in teaching their children that such idolatry is normal. What pattern and what truths are you leaving to your children? What kind of example are we leaving to the next generation?
God denounces the dependence upon others instead of God. God has consistently declared in Scripture that he is the sole provider of life and all that sustains life. Israel would depend upon other nations for their security and economy. Their trade agreements with the surrounding nations often required that they close the deal with a sacrifice to the gods. God did not take this lightly and declares that Israel would not receive provision but find themselves surrounded by thorns. Jesus reminded his disciples and all believers that worry and dependence upon one’s self is a false hope. There is a God who is a father. He knows our needs and is willing to supply them. It is this same father who calls us to seek first his kingdom.
God declares the temporary success that they had would eventually end. The doors they use to knock on would eventually go unanswered. God would allow Israel to feel what it was like for him to hold back his goodness from. God’s action had the intent of waking up the heart the heart that was stubbornly running away.
The prodigal people
When Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son, he was not inventing some new type of concept. He was, in fact, sharing the same message of what God does in the life of people who wants to return.
- When we depart from God to go our own way we may find temporary success and satisfaction. But sooner than or later the life that departs from God will experience the emptiness that naturally occurs apart from God. Those feelings of emptiness are meant not to destroy us but to awaken us to the truth that we have a choice to reject or repent.
- God gives hope to those who need mercy because He is faithful.
The wilderness is God’s place to show mercy
Throughout the pages of Scripture, God has used the wilderness in special ways. It becomes the place where God shows who he is. He shows himself as a provider and the mighty God, the Savior and the one who redeems life. But the wilderness is also the place for God takes his loved ones to experience his discipline not so that they would be destroyed but so that they would return to a faithful relationship with God.
- God restores the broken relationship so that one begins to walk again faithfulness and obedience.
- God renews the covenant because he is faithful.
- He restores his saving protection.
- His faithful commitment is declared as part of who he truly is.
The message of repentance and return is not a complicated or difficult message to understand. It is a message to be lived.
Our choices and paths leave a pattern for our children to follow or reject.
Why does God love in the way he does? It is who He is.