- The word "lust" is often relegated to the area of sexual sin. While it does have to do with that, lust is a much broader concept, having to do with anything that we crave and are willing to give a little bit of our souls for. What is it in your life that is the most apparent place of lust for you?
- Hosea's wife, Gomer, after marrying and having children, went back to her wayward ways before Hosea. In the text, this acts as a metaphor for the relationship between Yahweh and his people Israel, who wandered away from God to worship idols. They broke the "marriage" covenant between themselves and God. Transport that story into today--what parts of society (all of us God's children whom he loves) are the biggest centers of lust for us? What is the cost on us? How is it leading us not just away from God, but towards our destruction?
- What is most amazing in this story is that Gomer, despite her infidelity, is redeemed and taken back by Hosea. In the ancient world when adultery was considered a capital offense, this is a remarkable sign of love and faithfulness. God is saying through the story of Hosea that he is faithful to us despite our wanderings. How does knowing and believing that God is faithful to you make you feel? How might it be an antidote for the cravings we give up parts of our soul for?
- Faithfulness is a fruit of God's Spirit (see Galatians 5:22), which not only exhibits the presence of God in our lives but also gives fruit to others around us. Who has been the best example of faithfulness in your life? What has their faithfulness spurred you on to do?