A song got stuck in my head this past week and the words just kept repeating themselves over and over again. It was the chorus to a Caedmon's Call song entitled "You Created." Of all the gifts God bestows on me, none compare to the gift of His Son, Jesus. I am to enjoy nothing more than I enjoy Him. So, the questions is: "Am I doing that? Do I enjoy Jesus more than anything? All the time?"
No acceptance of others.
No right to my own privacy, time, schedule, life.
My unfaithfulness to God is nothing less than prostitution.
Hosea 2:7-10 She shall pursue her lovers but not overtake them, and she shall seek them but shall not find them. Then she shall say, 'I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better for me then than now.'
8 And she did not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal.
9 Therefore I will take back my grain in its time, and my wine in its season, and I will take away my wool and my flax, which were to cover her nakedness.
10 Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall rescue her out of my hand.
If anything does bring me greater pleasure, then I just don't know Jesus well enough...because He is to be the source of a greater joy. My desire is to experience complete satisfaction in Him alone...all the time - no matter what. 'He won't give me anything that will give me more pleasure than Himself.'
Hosea 2:13-16 And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals when she burned offerings to them and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry, and went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the LORD.
14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.
15 And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
16 "And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me 'My Husband,' and no longer will you call me 'My Baal.'
May my heart be true to the One Who loves me most and may He always be my greatest pleasure. In honesty, I will need to be reminded of that...so I guess it's good to have songs rolling around in my brain...sometimes. And I believe Hosea has much in store for me.
When I stray Lord, lure me by back with Your great love and faithfulness. I want to love you more and more.
Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
20 I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.
21 "And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth,
22 and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel,
23 and I will sow her for myself in the land. And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, 'You are my people'; and he shall say, 'You are my God.'"
The verses below are reminders of God's purpose in having things in proper order. Let's start over with His plan...and let go of ours.