Standing on the Other Side

It’s easy to feel alone and isolated in the wilderness. We are without much of what we’re used to and in our present case, we are without each other in the sense we are used to. And as we’ve come to realize, that impacts us even more than we thought it would. Truly, it is not good for man to be alone.

The book of Hosea deals in part with Israel’s unfaithfulness to God. In the second chapter, God speaks to the nation in covenant terms—He was been their faithful husband while they have been an adulterous wife. The language is graphic, harsh and unsettling because that’s what the situation called for. In an effort to save His marriage, God tells Israel He will keep her from her lovers and punish her in several ways.

And just about the time we’re feeling like maybe God is more like us than we thought, we hear Him say, “Therefore, I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.”

What kind of God speaks like that?

And why the wilderness? After all, it’s not normally a place we associate with courtship. But God wants to take Israel back to the place where it all began—where they stood on the opposite side of the Red Sea singing and celebrating the deliverance He had brought them. God, the offended party, wants a reset in their relationship and will move heaven and earth to make it happen.

In this time then when we are feeling the pinch of not being together, of missing others and the enjoyment of the relationships God has blessed us with, it wouldn’t hurt to give God the opportunity to take us back to where we started with Him. Back to when we stood on the other side of the water and celebrated the deliverance He brought us. It may or may not make you feel less lonely, but it will fill your heart, lift your spirit and draw you closer to Him.

The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. (Exodus 15:2 ESV)

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