God is so amazing to me! His Word continually reveals His heart.
The book of Hosea is filled with His disappointment, frustration and anger towards those who turn away from Him. He loves them so, yet they continually turn to what they believe will fill them. In chapter 11, He describes His love “I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.”
What a picture! The God of the Universe. The Creator of everything we see and experience every day, stoops down to meet us and care for us. He lifts the yokes, the heavy things of our lives, from our necks.
Listen again to His passion for us, “Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go?…My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows.” (verse 8) His heart to me is the heart of a father whose child wants out – like the prodigal son. He doesn’t want his son to go; to go the way that leads to destruction and pain, yet He also knows that road is the only one that will eventually lead His son back home.
Thank you, Lord, for your heart to us. You draw us to yourself with ropes of kindness and love. May we embrace those ropes; seeing the love that is in them, instead of resisting. You are perfect! Amen