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The last few days I've been reading a devotional about the book of Hosea. It's such a peculiar, amazing, beautiful story symbolizing God's love for His people. Can you imagine being Hosea, loving God and surely wanting to honor Him in your family, yet being told to marry and continually pursue an adulterous prostitute? Most of us are repulsed at the thought. The fact is, that in today's society, adultery is almost unquestionably a cause for divorce. Most people don't even consider the relationship worth working on once it's crumbled to that point.
But God? He says, "I want you back." You run away from Him, harden your heart and plug your ears? He wants you back. You commit a great sin, disappointing not just yourself but everyone who knows you? He wants you back. You question Him, doubt His goodness and scrutinize His sovereignty? He wants you back.
His love is relentless.
"But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt. When that day comes, " says the Lord, "you will call me 'my husband' instead of 'my master.'" -- Hosea 2:14-16
Whether it's about Hosea's adulterous wife, the nation of Israel, or us today... that's beautiful.
Other examples of God's relentless love are that of the lost sheep and the prodigal son in Luke 15.
"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?" -- Luke 15:4
"For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate." -- Luke 15:24
I'm so thankful that -- like the words of this Hillsong song say -- though we stumble a thousand times, His mercy remains. And if we stumble again, still we're caught in His Grace.
That is unshakable, relentless love.
Today I'm giving away a copy of "The Prodigal Pig," a children's DVD based on the story of the parable of the prodigal son. In this story, Porkchop (Randy Travis) is a pig with dreams of making it big in the music business—no matter the cost! Farmer Bob gives Porkchop the money he needs to follow his dreams, but the friends Porkchop makes in the big city don’t turn out to be as nice as he thought. When Jenny the sheepdog (Amy Grant) and some of the other animals save the day, Farmer Bob welcomes Porkchop home with open arms, and even Hercules the tough-talking rooster (Vince Gill) learns the value of forgiveness. This a comical and entertaining story that teaches kids about relentless, forgiving love and what it means to welcome someone back, no matter what.
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