Sometimes those you love the most, can hurt you the worst! Just ask God!

Sometimes those you love the most, can hurt you the worst! Just ask God!

I know that there are parents who have experienced the deep wound of rejection, rebellion and ridicule. I’ve counselled spouses who have been emotionally wounded, abused, rejected and violated. I’ve visited with those who have had dear friends who abandoned them, took advantage of them, and even spurned them. Painful stuff! Hard to deal with! But God? God has experienced all of the above from His creatures, His sons and daughters, those He loved, the very ones that He sent His son to redeem and rescue from sin!

This morning I was reminded of that when I read these inspired words written on behalf of our Heavenly Father, by Micah, His prophet, to God’s wayward, ungrateful people…

“O my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me! For I brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from slavery. I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you. Don’t you remember, my people, how King Balak of Moab tried to have you cursed and how Balaam son of Beor blessed you instead? And remember your journey from Acacia Grove to Gilgal, when I, the LORD, did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness…

“So what can we bring to the LORD? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No! The LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God!” (from Micah 6:3–8 New Living Translation)

Nothing has changed! We need to be reminded of all that the Lord has done for us! We need to hear the plea of our Heavenly Father as He asks us to return to Him when we have strayed and heed His warnings. We need to return His love – not with sacrifices like pagans seeing to appease their Gods – but with authentic righteousness, mercy toward one another, and humble, devotion to our Heavenly Father expressed in a grateful lifestyle! Don’t know about you, but I want to live that way!

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