The Heartbreak of God
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a youth I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.
2 The more they called them,
The more they went from them;
They kept sacrificing to the Baals
And burning incense to idols.
3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk,
I took them in My arms;
But they did not know that I healed them.
4 I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and fed them.
5 They will not return to the land of Egypt;
But Assyria — he will be their king,
Because they refused to return to Me.
6 And the sword will whirl against their cities,
And will demolish their gate bars
And consume them because of their counsels.
7 So My people are bent on turning from Me.
Though they call them to the One on high,
None at all exalts Him.
8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I surrender you, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart is turned over within Me,
All My compassions are kindled.
9 I will not execute My fierce anger;
I will not destroy Ephraim again.
For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst,
And I will not come in wrath.
10 They will walk after the Lord,
He will roar like a lion;
Indeed He will roar,
And His sons will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt,
And like doves from the land of Assyria;
And I will settle them in their houses, declares the Lord. NASB
Can you hear God's heart breaking? Can you hear the sadness pouring from Him as He speaks through His servant Hosea? How can I give you up? How can I surrender you? God grieves over the loss of his people.
His bride, His children are breaking His heart and He refuses to destroy them. He waits for them to return to Him. They have been like an unfaithful spouse, but He refuses to give up on them completely. He will allow them to go into captivity, but will await their return.
He awaits their return to the land He gave them, but He also awaits their return to Him in their hearts.
God loves us. He is our Lord. When the Bible speaks of God's jealousy this is what He is talking about. He loves us with an everlasting love. He waits for us to turn to Him and love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
One of the devotional passages from C H Spurgeon for this week was taken from Isaiah 49:14-16
14 But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me."
15 "Can a woman forget her nursing child, And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
16 "Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; NASB
God does not forget us. He grieves when we forsake Him. He grieves when we ignore Him. His heart breaks. Even as a woman will not forsake her nursing child God will not forsake us.
His love is everlasting. He has inscribed us on the palms of His hands.
When Peter and Paul argued with the Judaizers for the bringing in of the Gentiles they forever declared God's love for all people in all ages. These passages that speak of God's love for His people are for us to treasure and hold on to.
When we feel that God has forgotten us, we can turn to Hosea and Isaiah and be reminded that God never forgets us. He will love us for all of eternity.
Cling to Him like a child clings to her mother. Hold on to this relationship, nurture this relationship and always, always, always remember that God loves you.
When we love God, we will love what He loves. He is not wanting for anyone to perish but for all to turn back to Him and allow Him to love them. When we see how God's heart is broken by our sin and the sin of others we will begin to pray for His will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
When we hear God speaking to us we will want to turn to Him because we will hear the love in His voice, even as sheep hear the shepherd's voice and follow him. They know him and love him. He takes care of them. This is the relationship that God wants with each of us.
He wants to care for us. He wants to love us, but we resist. We think we know best and we go our own way. We make our own choices and follow other voices.
God's heart is breaking like a father's heart is breaking as he waits for the return of his prodigal son.
Do you hear the pain and sorrow in the voice of God as He calls you to return to Him? Do you know that God's heart is breaking? He is waiting for you to return to Him.
Do you hear the sorrow of God as you contemplate the cross of God's Son. Our sin put Him there. He loves us so much He was willing to come from the Father and freely give His life that we could be brought back to the family. Sorrow and Love flow mingled down.
If you see God as a vengeful, hateful God who hates sinners, you have a warped picture of God. God does not hate sinners and does not want to punish them.
God hates sin and what it does to people. He loves people. He cannot stand what happens to them when they allow their sinful nature to have free reign in their lives. He wants to spare all of creation from the effects of sin.
One day all who turn to Him will be healed of their sinfulness. Anyone who refuses to turn to Him and away from sin will be set aside because they refused to accept the remedy for their sin that God offered. One day all will understand that God loves people so much He allows them to choose to love Him or reject Him. If they reject Him, He will allow them to spend eternity apart from Him, but it will break His heart.
Have you heard God's heart breaking? Our sin breaks His heart. Our refusal to walk with Him breaks His heart.
Take the time to find and read the words of Come As You Are by David Crowder. Or listen to it. God is calling us to accept His love and grace. He is calling us to live as we were intended to live, in a close, personal walk with Him.
God loves us and His heart breaks when do not walk with Him. So come and lay down your burdens, lay down your shame, you will be loved and accepted by our Heavenly Father.