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Monday, June 16, 2008
If you want a vivid picture of the agony of God’s love as He relates to His
rebellious people then read Hosea 11.
The focus of the agony of God’s love is amplified in
four points: love demonstrated, love rejected, love agonizing, love triumphant.
God showed His love for His people from their earliest
beginnings. He loved them through their rebellious adolescence. He
taught them to walk, taking them by the arms, healed them when they were injured
and led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. He freed
them from bondage and fed them. Faithfully He demonstrated His love.
But they turned to other gods and refused to repent,
determined to reject His love.
Then you have a description of the agony of God’s love
as He is torn between judging sin and rebellion while wanting to embrace and
restore the rebellious child. Passionately He declares: “My heart is
changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my
fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate…For I am God, and not man – the Holy
One among you. I will not come in wrath!”
Agony finally results in triumph. Love triumphant
is seen in God’s people following the Lord. It says that God will roar
like a lion and His people will come to Him trembling. Trembling like
birds and doves they will come from the places of their rebellion and settle in
If you have rebelliously turned from God to go your own
way, I’m here to tell you that God loves you. In agony of heart He will
pursue you. Why not turn to Him and let Him embrace you with His love?