“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” ~Deuteronomy 7:9
All throughout the Old Testament, we have evidence of God’s desire to have a relationship with us, His Beloved. He created man and woman and even walked through the Garden of Eden with them. But when they chose to disobey God, the relationship was broken. From that point on God continually reaches out to His creation and a pattern ensues. Man gets himself into trouble; God rescues him; man lives in relationship with God for a time; then man turns to his own ways again. We see this tragic course repeated again and again, and it continues to this day. God has revealed Himself to mankind over the last six thousand years, and yet we still are the ones to arrogantly walk away from His love and grace.
God designed mankind to have a relationship with him. He wants to be in, around, and through our daily lives. His wisdom, guidance, and perspective so surpass our measly little view. Through God we have the broad vision of the Almighty Creator of the Universe. And in return, all He asks for is our love – true love.
- Do you have a relationship with God? Is it consistent, or do you keep turning away and He has to wait patiently for you to return? Explain.
- Have you ever experienced anything close to unconditional love? If yes, what characterized that relationship?
- Read the book of Hosea in the Old Testament. It’s a beautiful love story that illustrates God’s unconditional love for us. What do you learn most from this story?
- In what way have you seen God evidence His desire for a relationship with mankind?
Father, thank You for Your unconditional love. My heart desires to stay in tune with our relationship. Guide me in doing my part. Amen.