Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pursuing Our First Love

I have realized something.

YHWH wants to be pursued.

Subconsciously I knew this already.  I have prayed over my children that they have hearts that 'pursue after god all the days of their lives'.

YHWH wants to be LOVED...
Pursued like a first love....

Adored....

Desired....

Over the centuries, people have lied in the 'name of God', destroyed, robbed, pillaged, and murdered.  Wars have raged for 'his glory'.  People across the ages have suffered.

The Way, The Truth and the Life, our saviour, the lover of our souls has been and still is trampled by 'religion'.

Some are remembering that He wants relationship.  Some are recalling that He wants our hearts.

We love because he first loved us. - 1 John 4:19

He wants us to seek Him out, calling out to Him, yearn for Him, and search until He allows Himself to be found.  At the same time He also pursues us, calls us, woos His love back.  He wants to be our FIRST LOVE.  (Revelations 2:4)

Consider the basic story line of the Song of Songs, http://biblehub.com/songs/*.  She rejects him, desires him, rejects him, desires him and pursues him.  It ends with her promise to remain faithful only to him, forever.

And consider the story line of Hosea, http://biblehub.com/hosea/.  He was told to marry a harlot, told that she would leave him and pursue other lovers again and again.  And she did.  YHWH then told him to rise up!  PURSUE her!  WOO her!  Take her back and LOVE her.

Sometimes our 'walk' with YHWH is easy and well lit.

Sometimes... it isn't.  Sometimes it is an obstacle course with lots of thorny weeds.  Sure, those weeds are false teaching and sin, on our parts and those around us.... but it doesn't make them any less thorny.

But just like in marriage with our spouses, relationship with our friends....

If it matters to you, you will STICK WITH IT.  You will PURSUE.  You will reach out.  And in this case, because of our fallen natures, we will bend to HIS will to gain His pure and perfect grace. (Psalm 19:5, Philippians 2:16, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Psalm 119:32, Philippians 3:12)

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:1-3

For those who continue the RACE, pursuing Him and His truth with perseverance, You will have the rejoicing hope of the Kingdom of YHWH.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

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*NOTE: clicking on the chapter links on the right of the book description will allow you read that chapter.  I used to include links from BibleGateway.  But recently their words searches have not been working properly and this week when I search by the actual scripture it returns a poorly formatted page with no links for viewing previous, contextual, subsequent verses and such.  Any suggestions for an online bible search site??

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