Background: The prophet Hosea is called by God to marry an unfaithful wife in order to show the northern kingdom of Israel that she too has been unfaithful to God and has pursued other so called gods. Despite her unfaithfulness, Hosea pursues his wife and brings her back just like God is reaching out to Israel.
Even though Israel is unfaithful to God, God is not unfaithful to Israel.
Ask the children…
How does God treat unfaithful Israel?
“I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion.” (Hosea 2:19)
How is God’s character displayed by His actions?
“I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord.” (Hosea 2:20)
No matter how unfaithful we are, God is always faithful. God is not fickle and petty as we often are. He does not play games to try to woo us back. His character is faithfulness and His love towards us is unfailing.
Ask your children the last time they let God down? Did they feel like God was ashamed of them or didn’t love them as much any more? As one pastor puts it, “God is always in a good mood”. No mattter how bad we may have treated God, He is still there loving us. Take some time to confess with your kids whatever they have done to ‘let God down’ and rejoice that His unfailing love is there for them.
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