Hosea 2:15 "There I will giver her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing (Or respond) as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
Hosea's story is one of the faithful love of God even in their turning away from Him. He acted out his message in taking a wayward wife who left him and then he bought back. They had children also whose names were prophetic to the children of Israel. It is the classic story of the Israelites waywardness toward God, followed by their repentance and return to His blessings. If there is one thing we can learn from these prophetic messages, it is the waywardness of mankind. But another thing we can learn is the mercy and love of God, always reaching out to restore and bless once again. One of the most descriptive of the Israelites, I believe is the verse in chapter 8:7, which says: They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. And so we are brought to a realization that it is oh so important how we live and the choices we make. As Galatians tells us, Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. However, there is hope.
Our verse today speaks of a door of hope. Now concerning a door, one must use it, open it and walk through it. The Valley of Achor is where we find this door. Achor means trouble, and when we research this place, we find what happened there. The children of Israel had just gone into the Promised Land. They had defeated Jericho magnificently as they shouted down the walls of the city at God's instruction. They were told not to take any plunder from this first battle. However, there was a man, Achan, who disobeyed and took some of the plunder and hid it in his tent. As a result, the Israelites lost the next battle. Achan's sin was revealed and had to be dealt with. He and his entire family were stoned to death in the Valley of Achor. So this place was a place of judgment. But God here speaks of a door of hope in that valley--peace in the valley, if you will. Jesus, Himself, proclaimed that He is that door. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. . . I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (John 10:7-11, KJV). Romans 5 says this: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. . . And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possible dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus Christ is our door of hope. And we open that door by our repentance. And in doing so, we find the grace of God which atones our sin and offers us redemption and reconciliation and life and blessing.
The grace of God does not only fee us from the penalty of sin; it empowers us to live in God, setting us free from the power of sin. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. If you find yourself in a valley of trouble, look for the door!!! Listen to Jesus' words to the Laodicean church, mind you (Revelation 3:19): "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." We have a dinner date. Just open the door. The table is spread.