Hosea’s experience is a message of hope. It reassures us that God will always take us back when we turn to him. When we do, he will see us through any consequences we may have brought on ourselves by our own poor choices. More than that, Hosea’s story confirms that suffering—painful though it may be—is not without purpose. Hosea’s torment was not something that belonged to him alone. With God, his personal hardship was used to benefit others. Many of us have difficult and painful challenges in our lives. Pain without a purpose is misery. Pain with a purpose is redeeming. There is hope in seeing that our misfortunes don’t have to be pointless. They can be of some value to help someone else. When we have weathered and come through our own storms, others know our words of comfort are not given lightly. Because we have had our own share of pain, we gain credibility with those who still suffer. We offer hope in a way that those whose lives have been untouched by pain cannot. We become living examples that heartache, broken relationships, physical pain, and grief are not insurmountable with the help of God.
—from the book Fools, Liars, Cheats, and Other Bible Heroes by Barbara Hosbach