HERE IS A FREE HOSEA DEVOTIONAL FOR STUDENTS
The Bible contains a diverse collection of stories. Sometimes the Bible is straight forward and applicable, and other times it is confusing and metaphorical. Sometimes the Bible portrays beautifully simple love stories, and other times it reveals shockingly dysfunctional relationships. This is evident in the minor prophet book of Hosea. This short book is about a preacher marrying a prostitute.
Hosea was a prophet to the nation of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II. Jeroboam was a wicked king who encouraged the nation to worship empty idols instead of the true God. This led the country into conflict with God and each other.
Hosea rose up to warn the people of Israel. He was commanded to help them see the flaws in their ways and encourage them to turn back to the God of Abraham. Hosea was a powerful man of God. He was a bold leader with a big heart and a bizarre calling. Things got really weird when God called him to do the unthinkable. A voice from heaven commanded him to marry a promiscuous wife. He knew that she would cheat on him, but he sent out the wedding invitations anyway. He knew that sorrow was inevitable, but he picked out a ring.
Hosea was asked to paint a picture of God’s relationship with His people by marrying an unfaithful bride. Ultimately, His life was a metaphor. Hosea represented God while his unfaithful spouse represented Israel. The Israelites had broken their vows by turning to false gods. Their idolatry was like adultery. It wasn’t just wrong; it was heartbreaking. Hosea invited Israel to see that there was a way back to God, despite their rebellion. Their story doesn’t have to have a tragic ending.
WHY DID WE WRITE THIS DEVOTIONAL?
This Hosea devotional is part of our CIRCLES curriculum designed to help students grow closer to God and each other. We created this devotional eBook to empower youth pastors to support their students as they read the Bible. You can explore all of our free devotionals by clicking here. We add a new devotional to this resource blog archive every month, so be sure to visit this page again soon!
WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD THIS HOSEA DEVOTIONAL FOR STUDENTS, YOU WILL RECEIVE:
— A 6-day devotional on Hosea
— An editable copy of this devotional, if you want to edit it for an event or DNOW
This Hosea devotional is perfect for personal study, youth ministry, DNOW, youth group, youth retreats, or social media.