The way God discloses Himself is unorthodox to say the least. Here He asks Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman. Why? He wants Hosea to get a taste of the crap He has to put up with in dealing with humanity. At first sight I thought this is some sort of punishment – “See what you did to me? Now get a taste of your own medicine!” But that just doesn’t fit God’s profile.
When the Trinity decided to create a universe God became a parent. And no doubt, God loves His creation! I believe He is especially partial to His angels and human beings. He created angels and people for the purpose of communication. He wanted them to think freely 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.
Again: “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 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 next time we run into snags with our children, maybe we stop to think that we get to experience a fraction 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 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