"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably to her (to her heart). And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came from the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that you shall call me ISHI (My Husband!)" (Hosea 2:14-16).
I wonder my friends have we ever really sat down and studied these verses from a personal point of view. I used these verses yesterday in a blog comment, but wanted to blog a little on just what they mean to me.
We know where this portion of scripture comes from don’t we. Hosea had taken to himself a wife who after a time had gone back to her bad old ways (paraphrasing here).
Sometimes, and I speak especially to the women here, we have found ourselves back where we do not wish to be. We have run after that which we should have left behind, and we shame our Husband (God) with our adulterous ways. :(
I know there were times in my life when I have found myself just like the wife of Hosea. I have found myself back in that market place being traded, yet knowing, that were my Husbands eyes to gaze upon me, I could not look at him.
But as I read this passage, every time I read this passage, I am filled with unspeakable Joy... Listen girls, God has not condemned us, his bride. He has taken our Achor, which we rightly and justly deserve and he gently calls us. He used neither harsh words not condemning tones. He would never upset us with words nor with deeds.
Hosea’s wife knew that when her Husband came looking for her he would have no choice but to take her to Achor and have her stoned. After all she was an adulteress was she not? Ahh BUT Grace stepped into her situation. And I love how in this passage God lifted New Testament grace and planted it into the Old Testament.
He lead her into the desert... girls if you are still in a season where you feel unforgiven please look at this... he takes your hand and leads you to a quiet place. He bestows everything on you that has been taken. He speaks gently to you, so as not to frighten you or scare you. He turns our Achor into Hope. WOW!!! Are you not bouncing with joy at this thought?
Let me scroll down to verse 23…I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called 'Not my loved one. '
I will say to those called 'Not my people, ' 'You are my people';
and they will say, 'You are my God.' "
I urge you to read and study this chapter for yourself... I just wanted to share a little of what it means to me when I read it.
God bless you and especially to the girls here... come and join our Princess group if you are not already in it. We speak only tender words there, we take your hand and we show Gods grace and mercy. We hold each other; and that includes you... Come join us and help us restore your song again.
Bethy, this is beautiful, and the beauty is found in the truth of it.
Wow - awesome and very well put Bethy!