When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD." So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. - Hosea 1:2
Okay this seems kind of crazy. Go marry an adulterous wife! In some translations it says she was a prostitute, whore, or the girl who “got around”, or some scholars believe it was a temple prostitute for another religion. To bring it to a modern time you could say she was either hooker, a stripper, a cheating woman, a “drinkie drinkie” girl, or “massage therapist.” This is not exactly the girl you want to bring home to meet the family. I know a few, and they are nice people but really, their moral compass is a little off, among other things. Imagine this request being made to you. I mean, what if God says, “Go marry a call girl, forget the Proverbs 31 woman. Go find the sluttiest girl who sleeps around for anyone, maybe even for money, and marry her and bear children with her.” The crazy thing, is that Hosea does it WITHOUT QUESTION. He does it.
Now that is what I call total obedience. Hosea follows the Lord with total obedience and with out question. Regardless, if he questioned the decision or not, Hosea followed the Lord to total obedience. Now that is something that we can learn. That is something that is awesome. To have that kind of faith in God, that even if he makes this crazy request, you do it. I know it must have pleased God emensly that Hosea did this. I cannot even comprehend doing this. But the lesson I can learn from Hosea, is to take the advice from Solomon and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and all your mind and lean not into your own understanding...” Total trust, total obedience to God. That is what He ask me to do, so I can do some crazy things.
Lord thank you for showing me that You can ask for some crazy things, but really what You want from me is total obedience. Lord give me the guidance so I can be totally obedient to you.