How Could He?!

Ok, you have to read Hosea 1.  Are you in disbelief?  I am!

How could a good and perfect God command such a thing for the prophet Hosea?  Seriously, this is His good and faithful servant. Yet, God asks him to marry a prostitute and raise the children that she bears that are not his!

What?!  This angers me and makes me question if I really know God.  The life given to Hosea is not what he deserves.  Why God is paying for good with evil? How can this be?  Maybe God is not who I know him to be.

No, God is exactly who he says he is and God does exactly what he says he will do.  His promises are real.  Consider another man named Jesus.  He was righteous.  He was perfect in every way.  He loved God more than every other man, ever born.  Yet, God asked him to do the unthinkable.

Just like the life of Jesus, Hosea’s story does not end with pain and suffering.  Thankfully, he was willing to be used, in any capacity that God chose.  This faith and obedience give birth to hope and that hope gives way to true life.  This is when God is again able to call us “my people,” and “the ones I love” (Hosea 2:1, NLT).