2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD." (Hosea 1)
I wonder how Hosea felt about taking Gomer to be his wife, knowing full well that she would leave him. Did he love her from the beginning? Obviously, he was being obedient to God, but I wonder if he really surrendered his heart to her completely. Perhaps, knowing that she would commit adultery, he loved her with reservation.
Is loving someone with reservation sufficient? God doesn't love us with any reservation, even though he knows we will abandon Him and follow others. Even though He knows our hearts, the wickedness and everything we think and feel, He still loves us. I want to love with that kind of love...
I'm so glad we can count on God; there is no need for us to ever hold any reservations. He will not ever be adulterous, so we can love Him fully and completely now...and forever.