© 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.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.