Friday, August 26, 2011

God Love Us Too Much to Leave Us Alone

"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you" (Hosea 10:12).

Excerpt from “ The Blessed Warning of God” – 2011-08-21
Prior to the fall into sin in the Garden of Eden, man and woman, in having been created in the likeness and image of God were good by nature. As they enjoyed God in all His fullness, they were relational, rational, and possessed a heart that treasured God above all else. But when Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God and do things their own way and go their own way. The core of our existence is rooted in this paradox: though we are drawn to God because He created us to be in a deep, intimate relationship with Him and to be joyfully dependant on what Him - we still continue to be both reluctant to fully love God and treasure God, and constantly resistant to fully live for God.

The comfort, sin and selfishness of humanity have now become the star in this contemporary drama we call life. God is on stage today, but only in a supporting role as He is being asked to adjust to the many cultural expectations of our time. But God will not allow His name to be profaned indefinitely. Though He is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, He will not tolerate forever those who will not give Him their whole heart and who regard something or someone else more worthy than Himself: “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other” (Isaiah 42:8). Yet while there can be deadly consequences when we do wander away from God, God still lovingly warns us to return back to Him when we do wander. He loves us too much to leave us alone: "Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you" (Hosea 10:12).