Lesson Ten | Devotion #3: Gomer
Carole Combs | Wife of Lead Pastor Jim Combs
I Choose you!
Red Rover, Red Rover, send Gomer right over! I would have to say that the game Red Rover was my least favorite childhood game to play. If you were called out by name by the opposing team, you had to run full speed and break through the arms that had formed human chains. If you did not break through, your enemy would keep you on their side.
Gomer was a woman who was chosen by God to be on His team. She became the wife of Hosea. Many scholars have differing opinions about the book of Hosea. Some suggest that the entire book of Hosea is allegorical and others suggest it is written literally. Whatever opinion you choose to take, one underlying theme I would like to highlight is that Gomer was chosen. God picked her on purpose and with a purpose. You might be thinking, “Gomer must have been an extremely godly and holy woman for God to have chosen her.” On the contrary, Hosea 3:1 describes her as an adulteress. Satan, our enemy, has a weapon against you. He speaks to your mind and convinces you that you are not good enough, you do not know enough, and your past negates you from serving or being with God. These are all lies from your enemy. We do not have any righteousness, but if you and I have trusted Christ as our Savior, we are clothed in His righteous robes.
I learn something new every day. With that said, I am never going to know enough about everything. God only wants you and me to trust Him and follow where He leads. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. I want the wisdom of God, what about you? Gomer had a past. This did not stop God from choosing her to become Hosea’s wife. God loved her, and so did Hosea. Together, Gomer and Hosea had two sons and one daughter. This story could have had a happy ending. They could have lived happily ever after in their little house with their little family and their little dog. God chose Gomer, but also God gives you, me, and Gomer as well, a free will. Gomer chose not to follow God. She was not faithful to God and her family. Gomer chose to return to her sinful lifestyle. It was the sinful lifestyle that God had rescued her from and given her the victory to break through its clutching arms.
Many of you can relate to Gomer’s story. God has chosen you and called you out of your painful and broken sinful lifestyle. He has called you to His plan and purposes. Turn a deaf ear to your enemy calling you to return to destruction. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). You do not have to return to the old. Sadly, Gomer returned to her old ways. Hosea (a wonderful picture of the love and grace of God) went to the pits to rescue Gomer. She had sunk so low into sin that Hosea had to pay the price to get his wife back. God is calling you to return home. You have not sunk so low that God cannot rescue you. Maybe you have never trusted Christ as your Savior. God sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for your sin and mine. God is calling you to accept His Son Jesus as your Savior. God is calling you to live in His fulfilling purposes and plans He has for your life. It is a life that is abundant and satisfying! God chooses you!