Hosea 1:2 When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, He said this to him: Go and marry a promiscuous wife and have children of promiscuity, for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity by abandoning the LORD.
At first glance, it seems that God used a very peculiar method of speaking through Hosea. Admittedly, it looks strange on the second, third, and fourth glances too. You see, God told Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman (some translations call her a whore or a prostitute). She was to represent Israel and the fact that this was how God currently saw His Bride. The kids had some strange names, too. The first was called “God sows.” The second two were called “no compassion” and “not my people.”
I wonder what it felt like for Hosea to have his life story being played out as God’s word to His people. I wonder what kind of heartache he endured in order to be God’s example. Frankly, I find it remarkable that Hosea was willing to live out God’s Word for Israel. His life was literally a testimony of God’s voice to the people.
I’m not so sure I would love being used as God’s sermon illustration, but I do know this: I want my life to be a testimony for Him. When it comes down to it, that’s what Hosea’s life was. It wasn’t just the words that he spoke, but the life he lived. He showed God’s heart to the nation through his life. I want to show the world God’s heart through my life, too. I want to be a representative for His greatness, His mercy, and His compassion. It all starts when I say “yes” to Him. When I surrender my ways for His, I become that living example for the world to see.