Happy Wednesday! We are half way through week one and I don’t know about you, but I stand in awe of God’s grace and love for us. It is crazy to think that the God of the universe wanted to reconcile us because of how much he loves us.
The phrase, “They shall be my people, and I shall be their God” is mentioned more than 40 times throughout scripture. One thing that I find interesting about this phrase in scripture, is that it is usually accompanied with a phrase about our waywardness.
This phrase is a constant reminder that God is longing for relationship with us. But in reality, there is nothing we have done to deserve his love.
During the majority of my high school and college years I dated the same guy. We were pretty serious, except for the fact that I was independent and kind of a ticking time bomb. We would date for a year or so, and then we would fall into this unsteady dynamic full of breaking-up and getting back together. I was always the one to leave, and bless his heart, he just kept taking me back when in all reality he should have run the other direction.
I wanted to experience the world… I didn’t want to settle down.. I wanted to have options, I was only seventeen after all. What if I met the perfect guy down the road, but was already spoken for by my high school beau?
And so, we’d date, and I’d dump him… I’d be doing fine alone, but then I would feel lonely. I would start to feel insecure, so I would go back to him because I knew he’d take me back every single time. It was truly an unhealthy relationship, but it was there, and I was the changing factor.
He had to know each time he took me back that it wouldn’t last.. He had to know that my wandering heart would stray again.. I would stay with him long enough to feel good about myself, but then be gone again in a flash.. poor man.. I put him through the ringer.
Our relationship with God often times looks a lot like my high school relationship. God is ever steady, always ready to take us back. We want to experience the world… We want to have options.. We want to wander.. We don’t want to be tied down…But then, when our time walking in the world fails us, we come crawling back. He stands there with open arms.. He accepts us and he loves us unconditionally despite it all.
He has to know we’ll stray again.. He has to know that our wandering hearts are fickle… This isn’t a healthy relationship for him.. I mean we’re a disaster. Doesn’t He understand that we are emotionally unstable???
The answer is yes. Yes, He knows we will stray.. He loves us anyway. Yes, He knows our wandering hearts are fickle.. He loves us anyway. Yes, He knows that we are emotionally unstable… He loves us anyway.
How does the truth that God will always take you back affect your daily life?
Ezekiel 37:23 NIV says “They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”
Should the truth that God will take us back give us permission to live a lifestyle of perpetual sin? Why or Why Not?
Romans 2:4 NLT says “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
Today write a thank you letter to God. Thank him for his kindness and his love. Ask him to reveal any areas that are keeping you from coming back to him. Thank him for his steadiness. Thank him for his grace. Thank him for always taking you back.