I’ve got a few takeaways from this passage, which admittedly raises as many questions as it answers.
1) I am very grateful that God has chosen by His grace to rescue me and give me life in Jesus Christ. And as someone with a Jewish heritage this passage excites me because it indicates that God yet has great plans for His chosen people. Despite their rebelliousness and disbelief He has not given up on them. Perhaps God also yet has great plans in mind for me.
2) This passage also reminds me that as my loving Father, God will not give up on me either when I disappoint Him and act out in deceitful, duplicitous ways. Check out this Our Daily Bread article by Herbert Vander Lugt…
In a moment of exasperation, a father told me that if his son continued in his rebellious ways he was going to disinherit him and try to forget him. But I knew that father well. Although he was angry, hurt, and disappointed, I was sure he would never quit loving his son and longing for his conversion.
Good parents cannot forget how they cared for their children as infants, how they helped them take their first steps, and how they shared with them in both happy and painful growing-up experiences. But when children choose a sinful lifestyle, even good parents, after repeated pleas and warnings, may have no choice but to let them go their own way. Parents will do so with broken hearts and with the undying hope that their prodigal will one day return.
In Hosea 11, God is portrayed as Israel’s Father. Because the nation had disobeyed, He had pleaded with them and chastened them time and time again. Yet they refused to change their ways. Finally, God withdrew from them and let them learn the hard way. Yet even then, He could not and would not completely abandon them. One day He will draw them back to Himself (Romans 11:26-27).
God loves His children today with that same kind of tough love. What a wonderful heavenly Father!
At times we spurn our Father’s love
And choose a sinful path;
Yet He will not abandon us,
Though righteous in His wrath. —D. De Haan
God loves us not because of who we are, but because of who He is.
Next Week’s Passage: Romans 11:33-36
Memory Verses: Romans 8:1-26