I finished Isaiah and am now heading through the minor prophets. As Hosea began, the Lord told him to marry a harlot. Each of her children were given names that reflected the spiritual condition of Israel.
Hosea 2:6 says, “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and wall her in, so that she cannot find her paths.” FYI: this is a great verse to pray for someone who has strayed from the Lord.
Verses 14-15 give us a precious insight into God’s purpose for our wilderness of trials, hardships, and adversity. Verse 14 says, “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.” The Amplified says to speak to her heart.
Verse 15 says, “I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there…”
Spiritual harlotry is the turning aside to heart-idols. The Lord is a jealous God. Exodus 20:3 says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” David’s prayer is a great one to adopt for ourselves. Psalm 86:11-12 says, “…unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with ALL my heart…”
David’s words expressed his desire to be wholehearted and single minded in his devotion to the Lord. I remember the song: Give me an undivided heart, that I might fear Your name.
The Lord uses our wilderness to draw us closer to Him. He reveals His heart through intimate communion. He manifests Himself in ways that we could not experience in any other way.
My book: He Drew Me Out Of Deep Waters: encouragement for hard trials is on Amazon in paperback and ebook. It is a testimony of the Lord’s miraculous interventions in my life. He has given me rich insights I would not have gained except in this wilderness-trial.