A Relentless God

God loves me no matter what I do or have done or even will do in the future. He loves me so much that He draws me to Him even when I am unfaithful to Him, when I live in this world as though it is my home and He is not!

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Israel was, once again, worshiping idols, calling them gods. They were allowing those around them to change the ways in which they worshiped God, slipping in their new moon celebrations and their feasts. The children of God were running away from the covenant with which they made with the God of the universe. And God was not pleased.

“Plead with your mother, plead—
for she is not My wife,
and I am not her Husband—
that she put away her whoring from her face,
and her adultery from between her breasts;

lest I strip her naked
and make her as in the day she was born,
and make her like a wilderness,
and make her like a parched land,
and kill her with thirst.
Hosea 2:2-3

Israel’s provision was from God yet they ignored the Provider.

And she did not know
that it was I who gave her
the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and who lavished on her silver and gold,
which they used for Baal.
Hosea 2:8

Israel turned away from God.

Therefore I will take back My grain in its time,
and My wine in its season, and I will take away My wool and My flax, which were to cover her nakedness.
Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall rescue her out of My hand. Hosea 2:9-10

And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals
when she burned offerings to them
and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry,
and went after her lovers
and forgot Me, declares the LORD.
Hosea 2:13

God expresses exasperation with His children, but still loves them. He wants them back, desiring that they honor the covenant He made with them. The God of the universe gently calls His bride back, shielding her from being able to go out and find her lovers – her idols, her gods.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.”
Hosea 2:14

“And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call Me ‘My Baal.’ ” Hosea 2:16

God is so merciful, surrounding Israel with His steadfast love, His faithfulness, His justice, His righteousness. He is so wonderful to them…to me.

Even when I stray, do abominations towards Him, He never ceases to love me and allure me back to Himself.

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. Hosea 2:19-20a

Hosea 2″ – John the Baptist Artworks

God loves His bride so perfectly that He will pursue her until she repents, returns, becomes His bride.

And you shall know the LORD. Hosea 2:20b

Through all my wanderings and prodigal daughter-ness over many years, God knew where I was physically and spiritually. He followed me, protected me, called me to Himself. I came to a place where the brambles and thorns would no longer allow me to return to my idols or pagan gods. Those walls kept me from trying to find the things of this world that so attracted me away from Him. Yes, the world and satan had, and still have, a way of luring me aside, but that call, the beautiful call of God, is so much stronger and sweeter that I would much rather be in His Presence. I would much rather be betrothed to my Husband and Redeemer. It is far more dear to me to know the LORD! Far more dear! Thank You, Jesus.

Hosea 1 – John the Baptist Artworks

Hosea served around the same time that Isaiah served, as seen by looking at verse one, chapter one in each of their books. The kings listed are the same. Hosea’s ministry was to the northern kingdom of Israel while Isaiah’s ministry was to the southern kingdom of Judah…

The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. Hosea 1:1

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Isaiah 1:1

The same perverseness was occurring in both kingdoms. God called them all to Himself.

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the LORD has spoken:
“Children have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against Me
. Isaiah 1:2

Later in Isaiah, God continues to call His bride to Himself:

For your Maker is your Husband,
the LORD of hosts is His name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth He is called.
Isaiah 54:5

Thank You, Father, for wanting me back. Thank You for not rejecting me even when I fail You. I know I have disappointed You so many times, just as Israel has done, yet You love us enough to continually call us back under Your wings. I am so grateful. I pray I remain with You for the remainder of my earthly life. I know I will be at Your feet in eternity. Hallelujah, what a Savior! You have rescued me. I am learning more and more about You. I want to know You, Lord. Thank You for allowing me such a privilege. In the Precious Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay; and edited @ Canva –https://www.canva.com/design/DADduguRCtc/jmZDRDUots57UVVlW9AIZQ/edit

“Hosea 2” – used with permission from John the Baptist Artworks @ https://jtbarts.com/gallery/john-the-baptist-artworks-series/hosea-2/

“Hosea 1” – used with permission from John the Baptist Artworks @ https://jtbarts.com/gallery/john-the-baptist-artworks-series/hosea-1/

22 thoughts on “A Relentless God

  1. Pingback: Live Life Well: Encouragement for the Journey ~

  2. Hi Linda, I have been in the old testament for almost two years now and instead of reading about a “harsh God”, I am seeing a God that loves His children sooo much and is sooo faithful to always provide and not forget them and above all, soo patient. All I have seen is His great love for us and that we need only focus on Him. Not our faith, not our works, but on Him alone because He has done it ALL for us.

    Thank you so much for sharing so transparently from the Word of God.

    Blessings to you.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. This is a post full of reminders of how much God relentlessly loves us!! When we do nothing, He loves. When we betray, He loves. When we forget His goodness, He loves me anyway!! Thank you Jesus for your all sufficient grace!! Thank you Linda for sharing from His truth and from your heart!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I am so glad He is relentless! I’m so glad He relentlessly pursued me in my wandering years. He would not let me go. Would not let me destroy myself. Just so very, very thankful! today Thanks for this post and these beautiful reminders!

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. It is unimaginable but such a wonderful truth that God continually calls us back. Longs for us and embraces us! I am so grateful for His mercy. And the arms that draw me close again!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. As I read your reflection this morning, I’m reminded of the wonder of God’s relentless love, yes. But I’m also challenged by it… Do I love relentlessly? There are those whom God has called me to love, and sometimes it’s hard. God’s example is an inspiration. By His Spirit, we can love supernaturally, in a way that’s impossible in our own humanness.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Hey Linda, I’m glad you mentioned on my relentlessly seeking God blog post about this article. I used to point my finger at the children of Israel. I just thought how ridiculous of them to forget God’s great wonders and works…His love. And yet, I see myself and my wanderings at times..forgetting what God has done on my behalf. How He has provided. Thankful for His steadfast love no matter how many times He has to relentlessly pursue me and bring me back.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. So beautifully put, Linda! How long it too often took me to grasp the reality of that kind of love…even after salvation when so many old habits reared their heads and left me believing there was no way He could forgive me….AGAIN. I couldn’t believe it was true for me for a long time even though I could believe it for others. Well said!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I read the chronological bible in a year (after I had given it to my son in high school – AND he did it, I thought I should, too). I fell in love with the Zephaniah-Hosea areas – where God says – “You have rejected me” to you have forgotten, you no longer remember what I did for you or your Fathers – and, as a mother who wants her sons to remember how Ioved them – it really hit home! He is a Father – and He wants us to remember how He loves us! He doesn’t want a Christmas card once a year. He doesn’t want to be remembered just on feast days. He doesn’t want us to roll our eyes over the stories He has for us, the remembrance of what he’s done for us! I so loved how you reminded me today, Linda! I am so glad He remembers us, pursues us, loves us – even at our most undeserving! I am so glad you remembered what He has done for you, too!

    Liked by 1 person

Your words are woven in

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s