DAY 101 OF 365: WALKING THROUGH THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

This is a message of hope that where you’re stuck right now can still become your past and not your end. Yes, the sins you struggle with, the flesh you fight with daily, those habits, behaviors, thought patterns or any other error that wants to make you like a child of the devil when you’re not, they can be overcome. Why, because, through Jesus, you’ve been redeemed (set free, loosed, delivered, bought) from their influence.

Title: THE KIND OF HUSBAND YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD

Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’

Hosea 2:23

As I meditated to receive another inspiration for today, the fear of boasting in imperfection confronted me. I didn’t want to be the person posting of a perfect Christian Life if I couldn’t sustain one. You see, I once shared here that this devotional isn’t a demonstration of eloquence or knowledge of scripture or of spiritual maturity. Don’t let anyone fool you, you can know scripture from cover to cover and still not know the life behind the lines (ask the Pharisees and Sadducees).

I do this, however, in response to God’s instruction and the burden He placed in my heart for everyone who He wants to reach out to through this. And it’s all after this order: I Corinthians 2:4-5, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

So, today, I desired something: what is the hope of the believer who feels like they’re struggling with the faith, righteousness, holiness, obedience and errors or any thing else that condemns them before God? Maybe you’re not the one. Maybe you don’t have any issue with your Christian life; maybe you’re on the high road of perfection already and in full fledged maturity. But there are Christians still stuck at certain stages of this journey and have not been able to grow past some things.

This is not a sin-pampering message nor is it an error-justifying one. Rather, it is a message of hope that where you’re stuck right now can still become your past and not your end. Yes, the sins you struggle with, the flesh you fight with daily, those habits, behaviors, thought patterns or any other error that wants to make you like a child of the devil when you’re not, they can be overcome. Why, because, through Jesus, you’ve been redeemed (set free, loosed, delivered, bought) from their influence.

But, in the midst of your lowest low, weakest hour, darkest phase, filthiest moment, here I am telling you that God is not as much concerned about punishing you as He is about saving you. Even if you’re the worst of sinners. I encourage you to read the whole of Hosea 2. God declared that some persons were His people, His very own possession. Then to show us the kind of heart He had and tell us the kind of person He was, He began to show us the caliber of people He had just called His own.

He called them children of harlotry (someone will read that again. What!). He called their mother, their city, a harlot. An unfaithful wife who committed adultery with her lovers (idols, obsessions, etc.). He even stated to us what she considered justifiable reason to be unfaithful and unholy: because they provided for her and met her needs. He called her out this time, warned her to out away that lifestyle or else He’d punish her. She was fond of always going back to her lovers, like a dog to it’s own vomit. And here He was with anger and the righteous declaration of His verdict.

His judgement was going to happen this way, quite amazing though: The first thing He would do was that He would hedge her in and make it difficult for her to find her lovers with whom she commits adultery and infidelity. He’d block her way and not let her go to them anymore.

The next thing was He’d make her contemptible before her lovers, that is, place some form of hatred, ugliness, disgust and unattractiveness between her and her lovers that will make them not answer her when she calls.

The next part of His judgement was: He would then take away all the good things He had given her (she thought they were gifts from her lovers whereas it was her Husband that gave her abundantly). He said that’s when she’d realize His value and she’d tell herself, I’ll return to my first husband because it was better for me with Him than it is here. Doesn’t this sound like the Prodigal Son’s story in Luke 15?

Then let me show you what this Great Husband would do to this filthy, abominable harlot of a wife: He said He would lead her into the wilderness (I believe she would be thinking, This is where it all ends. This is where He’ll destroy me, abandon me, starve me, etc.) But inspite of all her fears and unworthiness, this Husband says He will speak comfort to her. What! Yes, He won’t remind her of her state or her past. Instead, He says He will restore to her the beauty of her youthfulness even before the filthiness came in.

She will sing and praise Him. She will not call Him her Husband like a master anymore, but Husband as her lover now. There’ll be something about how she’ll adore Him now. Not by obligation but by love, passion, reverence and understanding of His strength and unpredictability. The names of her former lovers will be removed from both her mind and her mouth because in Her Husband she’ll find the satisfaction, the completion that all of them put together could never give.

But Her Husband says again that He’ll this time betroth her to Him forever. This time, she will be His forever. Because of what He’d done in her life, He was convinced that nothing will take her from Him again. This time, she would be His exclusively and He would give Himself to her with all the blessings of His command. Can you imagine this?! Is it possible? If you’re this woman, do you believe this kind of restoration and story can happen?

Yet, the scriptures tell us that this is what God does. And how will He do it if that’s not the kind of Person He is. Beloved, He isn’t thinking of losing you again. He lost you once before and isn’t planning on having that again. Yes, He hates what you do with passion, but He also understands how you sincerely feel about them. He knows that you’re frail and to Him, you’re His choice. Don’t die in self-condemnation and feeling of defeat because of your loses.

Today, I show you something, the outstretched Arm of a Lover who is fighting behind the scene for you. The heart of a Lover who is pierced each time you yield to Satan’s suggestions in order to get relief and supply of what He alone can give you. Behold I show you the best way out of the seeming captivity of grief and guilt: the warm embrace of God’s love. I want you to see yourself as this woman today and say, I’ll go back to my Husband. He is far better. He is far richer. He is far stronger than all that this world can give me.

If you do this, He promises to not remind you of the past. Instead, He promises to forgive and forget them. And He promised to show mercy to the people who believe and know they don’t deserve it. Beat that. (1John 1:9, 2:1-2, Jeremiah 31:34, Heb. 8:12, 10:17, 1Peter 2:10).

Beloved, your Husband beckons on you today. He sees you as you are. Don’t die in that guilt. Don’t wear the garment of shame. Put it off and run to the only Person who can cover your nakedness. He alone can satisfy your cravings and heal you of the things that bind you to themselves. Once you do this, believe He has heard and forgiven, then rise up and walk free the way you believe He has made you. You belong to God not in error or shame but redemption. Rise up!

Call on Him now in prayer, pour out your heart to Him and walk away free with the consciousness of the love of One that nobody can understand.
You are His!

Author: James George

Hello, I am James George, a passionate teacher of God's Word; that writer who believes in the balanced communication of God's word in simplicity and clarity as the tool for making destinies and shaping lives.

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