The meaning of the word Hosea means “salvation.” Many times when we refer to God and his kingdom, we are talking about His righteous remnant, but what about the lost? The Lord posed this question to me the other day. Today, again, He is leading me to talk about infidelity or faithlessness. We often judge those who participate in such acts considering them despicable as they dishonor our vows to the Lord, as well as our marriage vows, but if we really search our hearts, we can all remember a time when we all have shown dishonor to the Lord.

God told Hosea to marry Gomer. The Bible calls her a prostitute, but in actuality she was a promiscuous woman. The Bible does not explain why she was this way, but we can only imagine the trauma that she may have experienced. The Lord told Hosea to pursue her and to have children with her, and the prophet obeyed the word of the Lord. They conceived three children, Jezreel, which means: I will punish the house of Jehu. Their daughter was named Lo-Ruhamah meaning “not loved.” Finally she had a son named: Lo-Ammi, meaning “not my people.” Have you ever felt unloved and alone? In our unfaithfulness, we lose touch with our loving father because the Lord cannot have fellowship with sin, He is a holy God.

The book of Hosea states the following:

She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them.
Then she will say,
‘I will go back to my husband as at first,
for then I was better off than now.’
She has not acknowledged that I was the one
who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,

Even while married with children, Gomer, the wife of Hosea remained unfaithful, but Hosea continued to pursue her because he loved her. This chasing or pursuit was symbolic of the way that the Lord pursues us. Hosea, who’s name means salvation became the savior if you will for his wife. Not everyone would be patient enough to deal with this situation, but with an everlasting love, Hosea continued to pursue her and show her love as the Lord told him to do. This is the same way that the Lord pursues us. Many times we have turned our backs on Him when he only wants to bless us with grain, new wine, and oil. He is a loving patient husband who cares deeply for His bride.

If you feel the Lord tugging on your heart today, do not run from Him. His will is to restore you of what ever you feel that you have lost either through self inflicted sabotage or demonic oppression.

The book of Hosea goes on to state:
“In that day,” declares the Lord,
“you will call me ‘my husband’;
you will no longer call me ‘my master.’
I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips…
God wants to take away our idols, those things that we worship and place above Him. He is in constant pursuit of us, now let us pursue Him.

Jeremiah 31:3 …I have loved you with an everlasting love: I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.