We have all heard the horrific stories of marriages that ended in unfaithfulness. If we haven’t heard them, we have likely lived them. In fact, often times we love those stories. Take Grey’s Anatomy for example. I love that show. It is probably my favorite TV show in this world, and the entire plot is built upon a girl who falls in love with a man who was married. It’s a great story! But if we really think about the kind of pain unfaithfulness brings to every party involved, we realize how disgusting our humanness really is.
As little girls, we dream of our wedding day. We dream of the day we will walk down the isle and enter a covenant relationship that will last for the rest of our lives. In no way do we ever think we will be unfaithful because that is not part of the pretty picture.
In my last post, we discussed how marriage is like an earthly taste of what God has done for us. He has entered into a covenant relationship with us, His people, and promises to draw near to us for all the days of our lives. Yet we are so often unfaithful to that covenant relationship. I cannot tell you the amount of times I have spent hours watching Netflix or spending time with a boyfriend or focusing on school when I have not even thought of my Savior that day.
God’s faithfulness in the midst of our unfaithfulness is laid out beautifully in the book of Hosea. Go take a read through Hosea chapter 1, and let’s delve into the story God gave us to show us why he is faithful.
When The Lord first spoke through Hosea, The Lord said to Hosea, “Go take for yourself a wife of whoredom, and have children of whoredom because the land commits great whoredom by forsaking The Lord.
1. He is faithful to us because His love is beyond this world.
We cannot imagine a kind of love that is unconditional. Often times we will say we can, but is that really true? Think of the worst possible thing someone could do to you in this world. Maybe they took your family away or banished you from your home. If the person you loved most in this world did that, would you still love them? My guess is probably not. You may have affectionate memories of that person or remember a time that you loved them.
The reason behind this is because earthly love is conditional. No matter how you spin it, our inclination is to stop pursuing those who hurt us.
This is why Jesus’s love is so much better! Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were still being unfaithful to Him, He gave His life over for us. While we were still choosing a life of sin over Him, he endured the greatest pain one could endure. His love is incomprehensible, unshakable, and ever steadfast.
2. He is faithful to us because He keeps His word.
God tells Hosea to go take for himself a “wife of whoredom”. He did not say, “go take for yourself a wife who might be unfaithful one day.” He said to go be in a covenant relationship with a woman who will begin your marriage by cheating on you. She will not keep that covenant, but I want you to keep your end of the bargain with her.
You see God was painting the picture of the way Israel treated Him. He made a covenant with Abraham for the Hebrew people, and they did not keep their end of the bargain. The crazy thing is that that did not surprise God! He knew when he made that covenant that they would be unfaithful. He kept his end of the promise regardless. He is a truthful, honest, faithful God even when we do not uphold our end of the covenant.
If all these things are true and God is the only One who will ever love us unconditionally and keep His word, let us chase Him harder than we will ever chase any man. It doesn’t matter whether you are newly single, married, in a relationship, engaged, or have never dated anyone. No one, no matter how perfectly he fits our wedding day dreams, can ever love us even half as much as our Savior does. He is the only satisfying love that will ever chase us.