Gomer’s story is told in the book of her husband, Hosea. Hosea was a faithful prophet of God while Gomer was a prostitute. Despite her lifestyle, God told Hosea to take Gomer as his wife and he did. They married and had three children: a boy named Jezreel, a girl named Lo-Ruhamah, and another boy called Lo-Ammi. Gomer soon became disillusioned with her new life as a wife and mother. She left her family and returned to her old ways of promiscuity and immorality.
After some time, God told Hosea to go and search for his wife. He found Gomer and brought her back home. He did not hate her or bring up her past sin. He took care of her. He continued loving her. Gomer’s story has a valuable lesson in it for us all.
1. Gomer experienced true love. The entire purpose of the story of Hosea and Gomer was to give us a picture of the immense love God has for His people and for us. Even after she was married, Gomer’s heart was still not one with her husband. She broke her marriage commitment. She turned back to sinning against the one who loved her most.
We too are like Gomer, sometimes. Even after becoming followers of Jesus, we oftentimes stumble and fall. We wander off the straight and narrow to party on the wide and broad. We turn back to our old ways of fear, unbelief, disobedience, and sin. We know that God is the One Who loves us best, yet we still turn our backs on Him. We know that Jesus is the One Who died for us, yet we still struggle to live for Him.
But does God cast us aside when we mistreat Him? Of course not. Like Hosea forgave Gomer, so God forgives us. Hosea 14:4 reads: “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely.”
Though we may run fast and far away from Him, God won’t ever let us go. We cannot escape His love which He gives to us as grace. His mercy pours out like rain. His forgiveness is as vast as the ocean.
No one is too far gone for God to save. If we sincerely come back to Him and commit to changing our ways, He will welcome us with open arms every time. “Come,” God tells us, “Return to Me.”
We are dirty, but He will make us white as snow.
We are hurting, but He will bind our wounds.
Our sins have torn us, but He will heal us.