As recorded in Hosea 1, the domestic life of Hosea portrays the unfaithfulness of Israel where murder, idolatry, and immorality was rampant. For Hosea would marry a promiscuous woman named Gomer and they would have three children.
The first was a boy and God told Hosea to name the boy Jezreel because of His promise to break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel. A daughter would be named Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”) because God would no longer show love to Israel but to Judah (v. 7). The second son would be named Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”) because God declared that the Israelites were no longer His people (v. 9).
So the beginning of this passage lays out the punishment of Israel for their unfaithfulness to God. Israel’s immediate future would not go smooth but the last paragraph of this passage portrays the image of sand on the seashore to compare how unlimited the potential would be for the nation of Israel once they are reunited with God.
This day, the lesson for us is to reach out and take the upper hand by setting aside time to study God’s word. It will take a disciplined effort but by spending time with God as we begin our day, there will be unlimited potential.
Lord, today we pray that just as the sand of a beach is unlimited, our future looks to be unlimited because of being reunited with You through Jesus. At this moment, we praise You because of this inspiring vision you have given for our future. We pray now for Your guidance to step ahead as we begin this day. We have confidence that the vision will come about and that we will glorify Your name today. Amen.