Week 52 Day 1
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Psalm 12:1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Do you remember the song “April come she will?” To me it has always been one of the saddest songs I ever sang. The last line of the lyric is, “a love once new has now grown cold.” What is it that causes the death of love? Is it unforgiveness? Is it wanderlust?” Or, is it just plain “self-centered carnality” as the old timers used to call it? People get together to satisfy their mutual lust, need, or whatever other base motivations you can think of. People stay together out of a sense of mutual self-interest. When one or the other side of that balance tips too far in one direction the result is often to dissolve the relationship. In marriage that means separation and divorce. In spiritual matters it most frequently results in apostasy.
Can we see here how an overemphasis on the benefit we receive from “being with” another person or god will almost certainly lead to periods of disappointment? With God, that is the Lord Jesus our Christ, if we’re only in the relationship with Him for what we get out of it we are bound to be disappointed at some juncture in the journey. I see it every day. Why then are we surprised at the divorce rate in our churches. If we continue to enter into relationships without “counting the costs” and go only for our own selfish wants we will always be disappointed whether it is with Jesus or with our spouses.
Love is called upon to be sacrificial at all times. It is called upon to be unqualified at all times. Perhaps if we married more wisely and followed the pattern of God’s love there would be no divorce rate. Matthew 19:8 8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.