Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. Isaiah 40:2
Grace transforms her suffering into discipline. Ellicott
He reminds us of His love while we’re in the wilderness chasing our other lovers, so that we can have a hope for the future. He gives us grace to change and helps us be loosed. He sees us in the darkness coming to our senses, and waits to embrace us. The Lord knows our hearts and fights for us!
The book of Hosea tells the story of our relationship with God. God instructs Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer, who wanders off to chase after her lovers. He uses Hosea’s life to tell His people about His love for them, despite of their unfaithfulness. In the second chapter of Isaiah, He says no one will take her out of my hands– referring to Israel. And says, I will draw her into the wilderness, speak to her tenderly, give her back her vineyards and make her an door of hope; once again she will call the Lord God, her husband.
We are not Israel, who went after Baal and other gods; and neither are we Gomer, who went after other men while being married: but we are His children who go after the affection and desires of our hearts. God knows the way we will take, and is willing to bring us back unto Himself, and make us recognize our need of Him. He is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful. His love for us is relentless, and everlasting. His mercy towards us is great. Jesus paid for all of our sins! What an awesome God we serve!
Father God, thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for your forgiveness and for embracing us again. I pray you help us all redirect our hearts affection to you Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.