Y’all, reading chapters 3 and 4 of Jeremiah just about breaks my heart. Although the words were written to the people of Judah around 600 B.C., God might as well be speaking directly to me.
As this tale unfolds, we meet two sisters who repeatedly leave their husband to lay with other men. But the story doesn’t end there. Over and over again, God as the husband in the metaphor says: “Return to Me. Return, and even after you’ve done all these things, if you repent and put away your abominations out of My sight, then you shall not be moved. For I am merciful and I will not remain angry forever.” Anger, distress, and hurt all line this story, but Love is still underneath it all.
We play that harlot often in our lives. Like when an entire day goes by and we couldn’t spare more than a few minutes to spend in the presence of our God, because we had other things vying for our love and attention. Or the way we women run to men to fill that hole in our hearts, pushing the boundaries of our purity and sinking deep into heartbreak every time we end up alone yet again. Or how we fill our lives to the brink with material stuff and worldly concerns – leaving almost no room in our schedules, minds or souls for our heavenly Husband. Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see: where have you not lain with distractions, idols and “men”?
Yet, return to Him. Regardless of where you’ve been or what you’ve done. We’ve talked about it often but it’s an important reminder: you are betrothed to your Creator. He isn’t letting you go this easily. So, repent. Put your abominations out of His sight and return to your Father. Don’t turn away from the true lover of your soul.
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