“So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley.”
At first glance, Hosea’s story seems to be a unique one. He was instructed to marry a woman who was involved in prostitution. We have three choices as to exactly what this means. Either she was currently a prostitute, had been one, or God knew she would become one. My personal opinion is, she had a promiscuous past, but had come to the Lord and been delivered, only to fall back into her previous lifestyle. At this point in the story, her life has been reduced to that of a common slave being sold on the bargain rack.
While most of us have not been delivered out of her particular sin, Gomer’s story is actually quite common. Over the years, I have seen many who, after an earth-shattering conversion, that impacted the lives of friends and family, found themselves falling back into the very sins, from which they had been freed.
Hebrews 11 warns of the dangers of easily besetting sins. The best way to guard against falling, is to be sure to remain abiding in Christ. The closer we walk in fellowship with the Lord, the farther we will remove ourselves from the sins that tend to easily trip us up.
Fortunately, the story does not end with Gomer in prostitution. We find her once again redeemed and restored to her husband. No matter how far you have fallen, remember, God wants you back. He loves you and wants to set you free from sin, and restore your relationship with Him.