A Door of Hope
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. I will give her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”
My wife loves doors, especially old rustic antique doors much in part to Pinterest and the many home improvement shows she enjoys watching I am sure.. Doors seem to always catch my wife’s eye and believe it or not, loved one, doors are very significant in the bible. It was after all Jesus Himself who said, “I Am the door.”
As I read from the book of Hosea this morning a word caught my eye in chapter 2 verse 14, the word “allure”. God speaks of alluring His bride Israel back to Himself and restoring her and redeeming her after she had turned away from Him and chased after other lovers (gods). God says He “will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.” God is saying He will allure a people who are not seeking Him but who He Himself is seeking. He will find her and allure her.
I love that word and the imagery it creates in my mind as to the lengths God will go to redeem us. In Hosea it speaks of Gomer, Hosea’s wife and she is representative of the nation of Israel, the chosen of God, and as well it speaks of you and me, loved one. God was and is alluring us, drawing us to Himself even before we were ever seeking Him. Proof, and this is no small point, God was seeking us even when we were not seeking Him! I love how it says He will speak comfort to her. Comfort, wait a second. She had committed harlotry and left God and gone after other lovers, other gods. You would think in the natural that God would bring her out in the wilderness and leave her there for dead. After all, isn’t that what she deserves? Yet, we read that God is merciful, and we do well to remember mercy is only shown to sinners. God shows mercy to her and He loves her and restores her. Talk about love! Well, after all, we are talking about God, our God!
Charles Spurgeon wrote regarding, “I will allure her”: “This is a singular kind of power: ‘I will allure her;’ not, ‘I will drive her’ not even, ‘I will draw her,’ or, ‘I will drag her;’ or, ‘I will force her.’ No, ‘I will allure her.’ It is a very remarkable word, and it teaches us that the allurement of love surpasses in power all other forces. That is how the devil ruins us; he tempts us with honeyed words, sweet utterances, with the baits of pleasure and the like; and the Lord in mercy determines that, in all truthfulness, he will outbid the devil, and he will win us to himself by fascinations, enticements, and allurements which shall be stronger than any force of resistance we may offer. This is a wonderfully precious word: ‘I will allure her.’”
Did you catch what he wrote there, “the allurement of love surpasses in power all other forces.” God’s love is alluring, when you and I finally get it, that God IS love and when we begin to comprehend God’s love for us has nothing to do with our performance in that “God doesn’t love us any more when we are ‘good’ and He doesn’t love us any less when we are ‘bad’ as it were, we are drawn to Him, or better put, “allured” to Him. How can you resist someone who doesn’t want anything from you but only for you? God doesn’t want us as slaves to serve Him, He wants us as a bride to enjoy Him. If you think this is good it only gets better.
As you read verse 15 of chapter 2 where God says He will transform the Valley of Achor (Achor means “trouble”) into a door of hope. What that is saying is God has the ability to take every situation we are in, every circumstance of our lives and transform it into a door of hope. Our job is to trust that God can and will love us and care for us and then walk by faith and not by sight. You see, loved one, Jesus told us in this life we are going to experience hard things, tough days, bad day, and that life that is discouraging and disheartening but to not be dismayed because we are not without hope. In every Valley of Trouble we walk through we have a promise from God, He will be there in that desolate place right along side us leading us to the door of hope and from reading our bibles we know Jesus is that door, He is our hope!
Jesus being the door of the sheepfold brings to mind the 23rd Psalm and David’s words that the Lord is My Shepherd. David helps us remember that God is leading us into the eternal. That is how Psalm 23 ends with a reminder, “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. That’s how David and that’s how you and I make it through the Valley’s of Trouble each of us must face in this life. We stay focused on the eternal not the temporal. The Valley of Achor we all face and must go through is not the end, they are paths that lead us to the door, the door of hope, into the eternal presence of God.
So, if life hurts today, loved one and you find yourself in the Valley of Trouble today, listen for the knock of God upon the door of your heart (Revelation 3:20). Don’t be dismayed by your circumstances. You are not lost, you are not forsaken, and the best news of all is, you are not alone. God is right there with you alluring you to the door of hope.
You can make it to the door because the One who is calling you is leading you not into the Valley to leave you there but to lead you through the Valley, to demonstrate to you that He is faithful who called you and like David learned in the 23rd Psalm my prayer for you today is that you know for yourself too, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” God is with you, loved one, He is with you every step of the way!
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
I LOVE YOU!
Test PositiveHow Not To ForgetYour Best Year EverRelationship Over RulesKeep The Main Thing The Main ThingBonding FiresTake Me To ChurchWeight Gain Is GoodNot Seeing Is Believing Everything You Need To KnowLove Wins!Servants Not Slaves8 P's and 7 B'sWhat The World Needs NowThe World Is Falling... Into Place10 Minutes That Change The WorldHow To Kill A ButterflyWhat's The Score?You Can Know For SureWe Need A Good Wind StormThe Little Things
The Power of KindnessThe Cure For WorryThe Truth; The Whole Truth; And Nothing But The TruthGod UnderstandsDefining MomentsBetter Than NewLittle's Make Big'sOne Hour Could Change Your WorldInstructions With PicturesGrow Through ItFire and IceA Sweet Sweet SoundThe Way Up Is DownThe Gift of YouThe Cure For DepressionA Flower In Life's SidewalkLets Be FriendsOur Secret WeaponLove Win'sAll Gave Some, Some Gave All
Presence of MindFULLY ALIVEA Balanced LifeThink AgainHope In The DarkDon't Fill The CracksExchange Your 'Why' For 'What'Fear is FuelUse The KeyUse Your Smile To Change The World. Don't Let The World Change Your SmileOut With The OldCrossing PathsYou Have Your Father's EyesBecoming OneHidden In Plain SightDon't Blend InLocking ArmsWisdom verses KnowledgeThe War WithinThe Helpers HighEaster Changes Everything!
International Atheist DayThe Good In Good FridayLet The "Sonshine" InEaster TuesdayLearning To LingerBe YouI Can See Clearly NowShineLast WordsOpportunity KnocksYou Be JesusGod's DelaysBroken Into Something SweetGod Knows Your Real NameSilence Isn't GoldenA Common EnemyGod's GPSBroken Into OneYou Can Do It!When Silence Is GoldenYou Have To Enter To Win!
The Gift of LeeWhat Is Under Your Blanket?RACE TO THE BOTTOMGod's GymThe Best of MeDesire, Discipline, DelightHeaven's Beauty SecretsGet Enlightened Not FrightenedLessons Learned The Hard WayNo Ordinary JoeFully Alive!Finish Strong!Givers and TakersNo Fear In LoveLike A Walk In The ParkColor EverywherePerfect In Any LightMaking The Most Of A Bad DayGod Wants To Give You The ChillsIt's Not Just FridayLove Remembers
Why We Can Be FriendsBe What You Want Other's To BeThere Is A Song In Your HeartThe Afterward of FailureWhy God WhispersDon''t Worry, Be Happy!I Can See Clearly NowI'm In It For The Long HaulTrade In Your Fears For PeaceDaddy Hold YouThe EndA Guy Can't Just Sit AroundThe Birthday Boy!Worry Never WorksPromises PromisesTwenty Inches From BlissFit From HomeThe Silver Lining of SufferingThe Gift of PainDo Not Be Afraid
Two Tickets To ParadiseI'll Trade YouNo Substitute For TrustOur Greatest NeedHope DispensersYour Finest HourDreams Do Come True!How To Survive A PandemicFeeling ChippieThe Good In Good Friday!The Dark Before The DawnHow Stars Are BornOne A Day, And Leap Year Too!Please, Breathe On MeYou Can't Afford To WorryChristmas In AprilAre You Jesus?Comfort FoodSocial DistancingNew NormalThe Beauty of SelflessnessThrive Not SurviveDon't Ask Why Ask WhatEmpty Is GoodI Miss Your FaceGet Out Of Jail Free
Marriage IS WorkYou Are EssentialThe DestinationCourage Looks Like LoveLive The AmenRelentlessYou're Never AloneOpen For BusinessYour're ContagiousGod's Got Big EarsHigher EducationA Season, A Reason, A LifetimeTo Grope Is DopeYou PickWomen Like GodMaking A DifferenceOne Way LoveBlessed To BlessPeople God Uses
How To Defeat RacismDon't Be An AnimalJesus IS The AnswerBefore Not AfterDreams Do Come True!ImagineTell It Like It Can BePeace MakersHold OnThe Name Above ALL NamesThe Real You!Don\'t Lose Your PassionA Tale of Four Father\'sJust Do It For Jesus!IfIn or Out?Stay FocusedPriorities MatterGod's Green Thumb
Whistle While You WorkDon't Worry, Be Happy!Holy Moly, Just Look At You!You Can Do Hard ThingsJoy Is On The Way!Why Not Me?What's Your Backstory?ForgivenessJesus Is Our RainbowJesus In, Jesus OutThe 7 Factors of FriendshipBecause of YouLord, Teach Me To PrayHopeless End or Endless Hope?The Stress RelieverDefining MomentsA Supernaturally Scheduled DayWho's In Your Boat?
Hang In There 5 Minutes More!You Can Do It!What You See is What You GetMountains Were Made To ClimbLet Go, Let GodThe Third OptionWhat Will You Be?Better Than New!You Are A Best Seller!Heaven On EarthPray, Don't PreyTo love Is To ObeyIf I Could Live My Life Over AgainLet It Shine!Need A Hug?A Beautiful MessRun Through The TapeCause and EffectLife Is The PitsJust Say Yes
How To Have A RevivalLord, Teach Us To PrayBroken and BeautifulWhy God WhispersDig DeepThings Are Not As They AppearChildlike FaithGreat JobWhat On Earth Am I Here ForSafe In God's HandYou Be JesusYou Never Have To Advertise A FireRetraining ElephantsMission PossibleGo Nuts Today!Don't Hide The CracksOne Step AheadWho's Your Caddy?THINKPeter's Favorite PsalmFound Together
Success Through FailureNo FearAgainst All OddsGod Works For You But Not For YouThe Worship of TearsThank God For FleasHow To Thank A VeteranSoar Like An EagleOne Out Of TenHow To Get Through A StormCling OnKeep SwingingChoose Winning!The BlessingLessons From My Washing MachineHow To Put Happy Into Your ThanksgivingWe Exist To AppreciateThe Gift That Keeps On Giving
Peace On EarthHope In The DarkLessons From Long LinesHe's Making A List And Checking It TwiceKeep Rolling!You Have A ReservationWhen Heaven Met EarthThe Great Gift ExchangeA Thrill of HopeThe Real DealThe Perfect GiftFace Your FearsWinning Over WorryStability From A StableThe "awe" of HeavenJoy That LastsMessage From The MangerChristmas In Three WordsLook Up Not ForwardJust Because
Heavenly RemindersThings Are Not Always As They AppearZihuatanejoSatisfied Wanting MoreGet In The Game!Always The Nails, Never The HammerA Four Footed EnemyAll InWhat's Love Got To Do With It?Lessons From A LeperLessons From A Former LeperNo MatchYour Mess Is Your MessageLessons From Your GPS"Ooooo ooooo ohoohohoo"Jesus MarveledShe Walks In BeautyShaken or Stirred?Bring The Rain
I Can't Love You AnymoreThe Gift of AttentivenessWha't Outside Your Tent?I'll Carry YouIt’s Worth The PainWorship On The BrainA Door of HopeGet Busy LivingHow Knowledge Becomes Power Please Do Not DisturbNew Normal5 Minutes LongerOur Conquering KingA Matter of PerspectiveAge Old WisdomFaith Your FearsThe Best Day Of Your Life… Starts Now!Who Grace Looks LikeHow To Have Lifetime JoyTo Know You Is To Love YouMistaken Identity
Life After The End Of The RopeLet's Get RealWhy God Made MountainsForgive And ForgetLoving You Is EasySweetly Broken Keep The Main Thing The Main ThingKnow God Know PeaceWisdom Never Gets OldOut of the WhirlwindMonday: A Pure and Holy PassionTuesday: The Passion Of JesusThe Passion Week: WednesdayJesus Love From Head To ToeFriday: The Passion JesusThe Ta-da of HeavenWhat's The World Coming To?A Love InvasionThe Gift of YouI'm With You AlwaysHow Is Your Balance?Bring The Rain
In Regards To HeavenHope WinsIshteeLove Is A VerbFinishing WellYour New Favorite BookGod Has No GrandchildrenCrossing GuardsYou Were Made For MomentsLiving Like A Rock StarA Wonder Filled DayLess is MoreAll Washed UpIf Your Child Goes Astray... Pray!Like Parent Like ChildBring Back The KingWith God You ARE The MajorityJesus IS EnoughWe Will RememberYou Are Stronger Than You ThinkEscape ArtistsYou Can't Back Into Your FutureThe Worship of Tears
For HankGod's 'GPS'A Friend Like YouDesire Discipline DelightDesire, Discipline, DelightYou Be JesusYour WorthA Living Love StoryThe Gift of GraceThe Power of AmenA Dad For All SesonsStuck On YouJust OneI Hope You DanceIt's Your Turn To ShineGlorious Day!Ancient Social MediaA Door of HopeLiving Like JesusPlease, Don't Shoot The Messenger!
Flawed Instruments Glorify GodHelp Is On The WayMay You Always Remain As You Are TodayOne Nation Under GodDivine AppointmentsDon't Trip Over Your PastWho's Counting?ShineLove Is A VerbBig Shoes To FillYou Never Have To Advertise A FireLet The Walls Fall DownOne Small Step, One Giant LeapOur God Rocks!Stirred To ActionThe Power of LoveTo Know Him Is To Love HimJesus Loves Pizza
Broken and BeautifulIn The Hands of The PotterRecognitionExtraordinarily OrdinaryBonded By A BonfireColor EverywhereWords To Live ByThe Best of MeJust Say YesChoose HappyThe Best Weekend Ever!Three Yet OneJust KISSGame ChangerHow To Beat An Escape RoomIt's What's Inside That CountsWhen Longer Isn't Long EnoughThe Whisperer
The Healing Power of a HugA Work In ProgressThe Best Day of Your Life Starts... NowYou Have Beautiful EyesLord, Teach Me To PrayFive Star FaithDebt Free LivingWhen Close Isn't Close EnoughHave I Got Something Just For You!Perfect In Any LightYour Strength Is Your WeaknessIt's Only A TestYou're Living An Adventure Slow The PaceThe Art of AppreciationLasting MemoriesBlack Friday Saved My Life