When one reaches out to offer herself to another, an accepting response is necessary for relationship to take place. I so often think about this not only between two people, but also between a person and the Lord. His beckoning Word forever reverberates through my heart and mind reminding me that He is and that He longs for all to come and commune with Him.
Nothing feels worse than truly loving someone and offering the very best of yourself, your heart and your love, only to have them refuse you. Rejection is then suffered, and not just rejection of something you have or something you can do, but of you yourself…my what a wounding that is!
So…we live, we love, we suffer, and we learn. If my hurts and sufferings can teach me more about the heart of God and draws me deeper into relationship with Him, then surely it has not been in vain. Longing that occurs when we love another can teach us about God’s desire for our hearts to belong to Him. He says, “trust Me,” and He alone is fully and forever trustworthy. He alone is perfect and without fault, so our hearts are safest belonging to Him. Yet we hold back, turn aside, seek others to trust, when all along He is the source of all that will never harm us and will always hold us in His unfailing care.
This morning I found Zechariah 1:3, “…Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Return unto me and I will return to you…” He is not the one who needs to change to come into fellowship with us. The change has to be on our part, we must return to Him and He will gladly take us into HIs loving embrace. Psalm 145:8-9, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and HIs tender mercies are over all His works.”
And finally, I land on the promise in Isaiah 55:7-12, some of the most precious Words ever penned and surely Words emanating from the very heart of God, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my Word be that goeth for out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” I love the experience I often have when reading this passage and entering into the wonder…imagining God’s creation, all of it right along with my own heart, giving Him glory and the highest praise!
How blessed I am to have God’s Word at my finder tips each day, to hold it in my hands without threat of harm for believing in the God of all the earth. So many in this world do not have the freedom of religion that we have in this country. May we honor the gift, the blessing of our freedom with thanksgiving and with devotion as we read and study God’s Word, committing His teaching to our hearts, minds, and memory. May we live to impart His great wisdom to our little ones as they grow under our roofs and walk along the path of life hand in hand with us.
This morning Noah brought something up that led easily into the conversation we had concerning God’s blessings of health and strength. I was reminded of a friend I worked with in the hospital years ago, a male nurse, who shared with me one day that because God gives him health and strength and ability to get up and walk and move and live his life with all the gifts he is blessed with that he determined within his heart to bow on his knees each day to give the Lord thanks for it all. Noah was so quietly listening as I shared with him and then I said, “it is in Him that we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). A moment to share a beautiful message penned in scripture with my little boy as we faced the rising sun at the beginning of a new day, one surely the Lord Himself has made.
I hope this reminder from God’s Word draws you closer in thought and commitment to Him. Loving thoughts go out from me to all who take the time to read what is on my heart each week.