Gomer: A Sinner But Loved Anyway
Today we're bringing you another installment in Sister Alena's series "Women of the Bible."
Gomer’s story can be found in Hosea, and she marries Hosea only to be unfaithful to him. Thus far, I have stayed away from the “villains,” women like Jezebel or Delilah. But there’s something to Gomer that makes her different. She is no more a villain than you or I because how often are we unfaithful to God in the face of His mercy?
Hosea loves Gomer, through all of her sin and mistakes, he loves her and shows her grace upon grace.
But eventually, he gets tired and just wants to take her by the shoulders and tell her everything, but instead, he hears God tell him to love her and take her back, no matter what.
Gomer’s purpose is to show how much God loves us.
The Lord fights for us (Exodus 14:14). He waits for us. He wants us.
He died for us and resurrected for us.
And yet, how many times do we still turn our backs on Him?
Thankfully, God’s grace does not seem to be affected by lack of it.
God’s grace runs deep; it penetrates every part of our lives, and yet there are so many times when we don’t even realize it or we ignore it.
What Gomer’s story shows is that God’s love is positively relentless.
He absolutely does not give up on us.
What astounds me the most is that God, who created everything, who breathes stars into being, allows Gomer, allows me, to be a part of it.
Gomer is the reminder that in all of our sweat and dirt and brokenness, God picks us up and puts us back together and uses us.
In our sin and complete disregard for the mercy and grace that is showered upon us every day, God still loves us. He looks at us and loves us anyway.
And that’s all Gomer is — a woman who was a sinner but was loved anyway.
And isn’t that all we are? Sinners through and through, but loved and redeemed anyway.
Illustration of Hosea and Gomer from the Bible Historiale, 1372.
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