© by Joyce C. Lock
The first time I read Ezekiel 16, I cried all the way through it. It's a story of God's heart, as a betrayed husband ... with every jealousy, hurt, rage, or emotion felt by humans.
Yet, whenever we're hurting, few consider if they're doing the same things to God. Whether spiritually, literally, or both-perhaps each of us have once been such a person who betrayed God.
Just as dust returns to dust, blood returns to blood (vs. 22,36), "till the pride of man be broken (vs.15) & we're ready to accept God's way (vs.55)-whatever it may be.
(vs. 60-63), just when you see your blood for what it is & you're ready to accept the punishment you know you deserve, God reaches down and loves you in ways you never dreamed, restoring you to a higher position than you ever had before.
Once an atonement is received (unlawful / a shame to never speak of again) you'll never forget the awesome love of God-throughout all eternity. "He loves me! He really, really loves ME!".
A love like that, we never ever want to betray again. It breaks our heart to break His. We serve God because of who He is and we learn to love like He does, letting Him live through us.
Without God, spiritually, we're like orphans left on a doorstep.
With Him, we're royalty, from the inside out.
The devil lies.
There is nothing between.