A Dodgy Purchase

Every day when I see them I get angry and disappointed that we did not get what we paid for.

Hosea 3:1-5

Reference: So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. (Hosea 3:2 NIV)

Explore: I am really disappointed with our kitchen stools. Our boys sit up at the bench every day and when we moved we needed to find stools at the right height.

We found some that were reasonably priced and looked quite nice, but we had to assemble them ourselves. The assembly was not an issue, but I always find that when you have to put something together yourself it is never as sturdy.

Unfortunately in this instance I was correct.

Over time the legs have gotten wobbly and the foot rests have fallen off. Every day when I see them I get angry and disappointed that we did not get what we paid for.

Because that’s important, right? If we pay for something it should service us well.

Application: In our world today we think it’s very important to get a fair deal. In fact, if we can get a bargain that’s even better.

When God spoke to Hosea, He was certainly not teaching him about how to get ahead in business. His wife, who was his own family, had left him for another man. And yet God told Hosea to buy her back.

In our commercial world today we would call this a bad purchase! However, it is exactly what God did for each of us.

We are just like Hosea’s wife and my dodgy stools. We are broken and rebellious, but God paid top price for us.

When it comes to paying a price for someone else, let’s not forget the incredible price that God paid for us.

Prayer: Lord, we are humbled by Your graciousness and generosity. May we express the same towards others. Amen.

How do you respond to God’s generosity?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.