You and I are Gomer.
All of us were made for intimacy with God, but sin has deceived us into thinking that other suitors will do, that the rest that our agitated souls so desire can be found in the possessions, philosophies, and people of this world. But, a jet plane cannot run on tomato juice (Kennedy, 39). And as we run after these conditional lovers, whatever or whoever they may be, the heart of God breaks. Heaven waits at the door and cries, ‘when will they come home? You were not made for another.’ “How often I have longed to gather you, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing?” (Lk. 13:34).
The glorious message of the gospel is that God’s love is not dependent upon our actions. He doesn’t force me to lie in the bed that I have made, but instead, scoops me up and pleads with me to come home where peace, joy, rest, and satisfaction are found under the wings of unconditional love. Beautiful is the One who loves not for what he can get, but for what he can give. That’s God’s love. How different from what the world offers! As vast as the gap between heaven and hell, is the gap between God’s love and the world’s love. Christ’s death has bought and brought us back to God (Hosea 3:2). The question is will we acknowledge him? (Hosea 6:1-3)