You know Gomer had many lovers but her motivation was singular – material gain. She deluded herself that these many lovers could provide all the good things in life. The Canaanite gods were ‘fertility gods’ and Israel went after them because they believed that these false gods provided the harvest. Israel believed that the necessities of life came from Baal and the worship of this false god. Just as Gomer had gone chasing after other lovers so Israel has gone chasing after other gods. But the warning in the following verses is that this chasing would be fruitless.

Look at verses 6 and 6. Just as in verse 9 it begins with ‘therefore’ and speaks of what God will do in response to their spiritual adultery. God will block the path to such adultery and spiritual degradation. There will be no satisfaction in this way of life. She will ask and she will get no answer. She will seek and not find. She will knock and it will not be opened to her. So unlike the promises God gives us. There will no satisfaction in her way of life. In fact she will be continually frustrated and dissatisfied. Friends, listen to God here. There is no pleasure in sin. Living other than God’s way leads you to experience constant and continuous restlessness. Sin promises all sorts of pleasures and desires will be satisfied but it is a lie. Gomer found that out and so will you. You can chase all the lovers of this world you want but they will elude you and be thankful this morning that God loves so much that He blocks your path to them that you might come to your senses and come home to Him.

Then a remarkable thing appears to happen at the end of verse 7. It appears as if Gomer has come to her senses and has decided to return to Hosea, and the people of Israel to return to God. How like the Prodigal Son when he finds himself in the pigsty – and he comes to his senses and realises that event he hired hands are better off in his father’s house than he is at present. Friends this morning there are some of you and that is exactly where you are at this very moment. You have committed spiritual adultery and chased after other lovers, other gods and this morning your eyes are slowly opening to the situation in which you find yourself. This morning you realise, maybe for the first time, the place to be is with God in Christ. For some of you in here this morning you have been like Gomer. You entered into a relationship with God in Christ, you entered the marriage relationship with Christ, but you have played the harlot and slept with other gods and chased other lovers and God in His infinite mercy and love for you has blocked your path this morning. He blocked your path to other gods/lovers and frustrated everything you have done to chase after them. This morning you find yourself in a barren place with you spirit quenched and your heart aching with emptiness but this morning God’s Holy Spirit has shone the light of His grace into your soul and you know