A Divine Betrothal

As I sit on the front porch this evening, I can see the clouds turning lavender and pink as the sun in the west, behind the house, throws its last little rays into the eastern sky.  I can hear the birds twittering their good nights to each other, and my cat Fatty is playfully rolling around my feet.  All is still and quiet… all is so peaceful.  It is so easy right now to “keep a quiet heart”.  There is nothing to disturb me.  Nothing to stress me.  No one to call, no where to go… just be here with my Lord.  My family is in the house watching a movie and I will join them in a moment, but for now, I just want to enjoy the last fleeting moments of the day.  Another day with Him.

I opened my Bible to Hosea tonight, to chapter 3, verses 16, 19-20 —

“And in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me “My Husband”… And I will betroth you to me forever.  I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.  I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.  And you shall know the Lord.”

Hosea was written about the man Hosea, a prophet of God who was called to marry a prostitute named Gomer.  Why on earth would God have a man marry a prostitute?  To prove a point to Israel.  When Hosea became betrothed to Gomer he blessed her with many blessings, and for a while she was faithful to him.  She bore him two sons and lived with him as his wife.  But time went by, and she fell back into her old way of life.  She chased after her old lovers, and sought after those who only used her and did not love her as Hosea had.  She backslid into sin.

Hosea’s experience with Gomer helped him to understand the extent of what Israel was doing to God.  They were betrothed to him — they had made a committment — yet they continually sought after other lovers and pleasures of the world.  God had blessed them, loved them, “cared for them as a bride”… but they turned away, and fell back into their prostitution to other gods. 

This passage is so profound for us today.  We, like Israel, have a committment with God.  He is our Savior, and the blessing of salvation is only the beginning of all that He has given and does give to us.  He wants us to call Him “husband”, and treat Him as such to the extent that we can.  He deserves our respect, our admiration, our submission and our love.  No other Lover can be so faithful as He:  look at what He promises us:

“I will betroth you to me forever.  I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and mercy…”

This evening as I look at the beautiful sky, which is now melting into a dusky blue, I can’t help but love Him for the love He has given me.  I am betrothed to Him forever — not even death can part us.  In this moment, as I consider how I am “betrothed to Him in faithfulness”, I can indeed say that “I know the Lord” (Hos.3:20).  And I love Him dearly too.

 

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2 Responses

  1. Those verses have always been some of my favorites. They are just so beautiful and encouraging to me. We serve a God who is awesome, don’t we?
    Courtney

  2. God has been teaching (if that’s the right word) me lately to fall in love with Him again and let me love Him first and foremost. This post is another tool He’s used in that process.

    Phylicia, keep up the work our Father has called you to do. He is using you and will bless you for it. And this can never be said to often: He treasures YOU more than life.

    A sister in Christ,
    Meshaay

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