Life is full of those little awkward moments. I experienced one of these moments just the other day. It was the craziest thing, I was asked to right this blog, and I was super pumped about it. It did however get super awkward that moment I realized that I have never written a blog before. Sometimes it's in the awkward moments of life that the Lord has the opportunity to really show us something important. The Bible is full of awkward moments as well, and I've learned that when God puts someone in an awkward position, it's because he is about to reveal something great.
The most awkward moment I find in all of scripture is in the first few chapters of the book of Hosea. Valentine's day is right around the corner, and love is in the air. When we think of love in the Bible, we often think of verse such as "For God so Loved the World..." or "Love is patient, Love is kind..." However the greatest love story ever told is found in the old testament book of Hosea. Hosea starts out as awkward as anything ever found in the bible:
"When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her." Hosea 1:2
No doubt Hosea had been seeking God's plan and seeking to become a great man of God, and when God finally speaks, He tells Hosea to go marry a "promiscuous woman." Now the NIV puts it nicely, but most other translations are not that kind...but to put it mildly, Hosea is told by God to marry a prostitute. He is not only to marry her, but he is to love her and start a family with her.
Hosea marries this woman and she leaves her life of sin forever, and the ride off into the sunset and its the greatest love story ever. Nope.
Despite his love, and despite his faithfulness, Gomer leaves Hosea and their 3 children and returns to sell her body to the highest bidder. I wonder how awkward the prayers of Hosea were after that.
"Really God? I marry a prostitute and start a family, just as you have asked, and she leaves behind this good and safe home I have provided for her? I mean really God?"
The Lord's answer is as equally awkward to hear:
"The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress." Hosea 3:1
But God, she's a bad person, she's a bad influence, she has abandoned us, she's a bad mom, a bad wife, and Hosea is a prophet...God why would you want this for him? Doesn't Gomer deserve where she is at?
The Greatest love story ever told is found in Hosea 3:2 "So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley."
This is Hosea's wife, the mother of his children, she has committed herself to him in marriage, and the bible says he bought her. He paid for what was already his....its the greatest love story ever told.....and the awkward thing is that its not really about Hosea at all. When you read this story, you realize who Gomer really is. Gomer is me, and Gomer is you.
We are the unique creation of a God who loves us so much that he was willing to pay for what was already his. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
When you realize and recognize the great Love that our heavenly father has for us, it’s not awkward at all. It’s pretty amazing.