DAY TWELVE: The Divine Romance
Growing up in a Christian home, I always knew about God. I even vaguely remember my mother leading in the sinner’s prayer though I could not have been more then four or five-years-old. However, it wasn’t until I became a pre-teen that I finally began to understand what this whole Christianity thing was about.
God loved me. Me. He didn’t just love me because I went to church, tried to stay out of trouble, and do my best at school. He loved me because of who I was. His child. That revolutionized the way I saw God and the way I saw me.
I grew into the young adult I am today and along the way I have learned not only does God love me but He actively pursues me. This is the “Divine Romance” I talked about in my Single on Valentines Day post. Each day is an invitation from God to live life with Him, to laugh with Him, cry with Him, dance in His arms and sleep on His chest. That’s the kind of intimacy He want to have with us. Don’t believe me?
Here are His word spoken through the prophet Hosea whose own romance with Gomer was an illustration of God’s romance with us.
“But then I will win her back once again.
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her there.
I will return her vineyards to her
and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.
She will give herself to me there,
as she did long ago when she was young,
when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.
When that day comes,” says the LORD,
“you will call me ‘my husband’
instead of ‘my master.’
O Israel, I will wipe the many names of Baal from your lips,
and you will never mention them again.
On that day I will make a covenant
with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky
and the animals that scurry along the ground
so they will not harm you.
I will remove all weapons of war from the land,
all swords and bows,
so you can live unafraid
in peace and safety.
I will make you my wife forever,
showing you righteousness and justice,
unfailing love and compassion.
I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
and you will finally know me as the LORD.”
He will be faithful to me and make me His and I will finally know Him as He truly is–a Lover, a Comforter, a Friend, a Hero… a Husband. This Valentine’s Day I am grateful for the relationship I have with God. Maybe our love story isn’t as dramatic as some others might be but it’s our love story and it means everything to me.
GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY: Now I want to hear about your romance with God. When and how did you meet Him? How has your relationship progressed?