We Leave with Nothing but Love

And in That Day
April 2, 2010, 11:00 pm
Filed under: God

“And in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’” (Hosea 3:16)

God is not the idea I have of Him. God IS. The beautiful truth is that Beauty is so much more than the idea we have in our simple minds. God is Beauty. More than just the idea in my head. More than I think He is even capable of. More than I can ever imagine. Goodness. Beauty. Truth. Love. God is my Refuge, my Strength. God is my Promise. God is my salvation. God’s voice calls me, guides me, inspires me. God’s words are Life and Breath to my soul. God’s Word is my Living Water that I drink and never thirst again. God’s Word is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the Word incarnate. The Word of God incarnate lived and taught the most perfect lessons. He taught the Kingdom of God, obedience, brotherhood. The Word of God incarnate spoke words about love being the perfect sacrifice. God’s Word incarnate sacrificed Himself for me.

God is the one I disobey with my sin. God is the one I smite with my reticence. God is the King to whom I owe the greatest debt. God is the counselor whose intuition I neglect to follow. God is the Friend I have ignored. Jesus is the Savior I have forgotten. Jesus is the Word of truth I have tossed aside. Jesus is God, in whom I have had no faith, because I would have rather followed my own opinion and appetite.

“But I am the LORD your God from the land of Eqypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior. It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought.” (Hos 13:4-5)

“Return, O Israel, to the LORD YOUR God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, ‘Take away all iniquity; accept what is good’” (Hos 14:1-2)

Jesus is the One I accept as my savior. Jesus is my teacher, and His Spirit is my counselor. All days, all decisions, all desires, and all sacrifices, are all for Him. All romance, all pleasure, all thanksgiving!

“And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justive, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.”

(Hos 2:19)