“Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early.” – Hosea 6:4
This is God’s assessment of the nature and endurance of our love for Him. God is likened to ‘the spring rains that water the earth’, ‘his appearing is as sure as the dawn’, but as for us, we have more in common with that wisp of mist in the first breath of the morning that so quickly evaporates with the first hint of warmth from the sun.
Is our love so fragile today? Yes! We go to our special revival weeks, or weekend retreats to get ourselves all fired up, but it doesn’t last. We are convicted by sermons, but fail to make any headway past Monday morning. In Hosea 11:7 God says that ‘My people are bent on turning away from Me.’
But for God’s sake He says: ‘I have been the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, and besides Me there is no Saviour.’ (Hosea 13:4).
Despite our infidelity and wanton turning away, yet God still proclaims: ‘I will heal their disloyalty, I will love them freely.’ If anything can turn us back to God it is His determination to love us freely regardless of our sin. This doesn’t equate to ingnoring our sin, but to loving us despite it. His love should prompt us to return to our God, to hold fast to love and justice and to wait continually for our God’ (Hosea 12:6).