Re:Verse reading–Hosea 1, 3, 14 (day three)
Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness.
Nothing ever hurts like family. Family can nurture and encourage and teach and give. But family can also strip-mine your soul until your life is a wasteland of scarred earth. With family possessing that kind of potential for joy and sorrow, it’s no wonder that the Lord would point to Hosea’s family story in order to reveal the depth of sorrow, anger, and betrayal that arises within God himself when those whom he loves turn their devotion and allegiance and attention away from him. The resulting woundedness did not spare even God from desertion and death. And still he longs for a home with human beings. Those who turn toward him seeking reconciliation will find all is not lost. There is a family to come home to after all.