Hosea 1:2: “When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, ‘Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.’”

The way God discloses Himself is a bit unorthodox to say the least. Here He asks Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman. Why? Maybe to get a taste of the heartache God went through in dealing with wayward humanity?

When the Trinity decided to create the universe God became a parent. And no doubt, God loves His creation! He created angels and people for the purpose of communication. He wants them to think and act freely. The free will backfired, as we know, but here is God’s ingenious way of dealing with the woes of parenthood: When he created mankind He endowed them with the ability to procreate as if to say: “You think I’m a terrible parent? Have some kids of your own, and see how that goes!”

I’m detecting a pattern here, and I think it’s actually a compliment. God shares His parental experiences so we can understand Him a little bit better. In other words: He invites us to know Him just as much as He knows us, and how beautiful is that!

So, the next time we run into snags with our children, maybe we stop to think that we get to experience a snapshot of what God is going through with His many children. Will this make us laugh or will this make us cry? I’m not sure, but maybe further down the road we will get a better picture of God’s way of thinking. As we want the best for our kids, so does He. Let’s not forget: God thinks like a parent and acts like a parent. At times we might not like His parenting, but at the end of the day it’s God who has our backs, and He is absolutely trustworthy. Once the eyes of our hearts have been opened we will notice His love and care, because the earth is full of His kindness and love.

“I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone

You’re a good good father
It’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am”               Songwriters: Anthony Brown / Joseph Patrick Martin Barrett

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