We are so excited to offer to you a FREE bible study by Vanessa Gracia Cruz. You can take the next 3 weeks leading up to conference and go through this study with a friend or in your personal time with Jesus. Read more from Vanessa below…
Don’t be embarrassed if you have no clue who Gomer is. And, I’m with you if you are wondering to yourself, “what kind of name is that?” Hers is a story buried smack dab in the middle of the old testament, and her name is only mentioned once throughout all of it. Gomer was one of those forgotten girls – the kind everyone had given up on, the kind other girls loved to hate. The only thing we really know about her is that she was a prostitute and she couldn’t seem to break out of that world. In fact, when she is first introduced to us in the book of Hosea, we learn that she is a prostitute before we even learn her name. To everyone around her, that’s who she was, nothing more. Her story gets interesting when God tells the prophet Hosea to take a promiscuous, sinful girl, a girl who was an outcast and a rebel, as his wife.
Now, I can’t tell you what Gomer felt throughout all this. We don’t get to hear the story from her perspective, but rather, the story is told from God’s. So, we don’t know if she kept going back because she was truly evil or rebellious, which very well could have been the case; or if maybe it was because she felt too dirty, too ashamed, and too self-conscious to truly believe that she deserved more than the life she had known. But, I love that the story is told from God’s point of view, because what we DO know, is that to God, she was always worthy of another chance. Throughout this story, we see a range of different emotions. There is anger, and frustration, even from God as he wrestles with Gomer’s own inability to let herself be loved. BUT- He does not give up. In fact, even when Hosea has to pay a hefty price as a consequence of her sin, he does, just to prove how much she is worth.
In the end- spoiler alert- Gomer is able to return to Him. God’s love transforms her heart and allows her to leave her past behind and start a new way of living. That girl that was once only known as a sinful girl, is able to become a loving wife and mother. God gives her a place to belong, and a family.
Vanessa Gracia Cruz is a wife, speaker, author and youth pastor/executive pastor of outreach and leadership development at Segadores De Vida. She just released her first book “Lead: Essential lessons for young leaders” Vanessa is also in charge of the women’s ministry at her church and organizer of Redoma.