God had a real case against the unfaithful nation of Israel. Just read Hosea 2: 1- 13. Yet, in spite of Israel’s rampant unfaithfulness to God, God told His people through Hosea, “I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt” Hosea 2: 14- 15
I don’t know about you, but I am struck by the fact that God is not above using intimately passionate human terms to describe His heart. Even though His people had been disloyal, God planned to “allure” them, and then get them alone all to Himself to “speak tenderly” as in the whisper of sweet nothings in the ear. And when God finally got His people all alone to Himself, it was His plan to give them back a hope-filled destiny. Once again they would enjoy the fruit of the vine. Once again they would have hope and sing new songs. God was telling His people, “I will never stop attempting to reconcile with you!” This tells us something vitally important about our God – God never gives up trying to win our hearts back.
How many offenses does it take for you to say, “That’s it. I’m done! There have been just too many offenses for me to reconcile with you”? How many offenses does it take before we feel justified in walking away from a relationship? Now let me ask – how many of our offenses do you think it takes for God to say, “I’m done!” Notice I did not ask, “How many offenses does God say it takes?” I asked, “How many offenses do you think it takes?” Most of us think God has a reconciliation limit just like ours. We’ve been duped by the Enemy of our souls (Satan) to believe God has limits on His capacity to reconcile – just like us. But the truth is, our God has no “That’s-it-I’m-done” limit. God will never stop trying to win our hearts back.