God’s Broken Heart – Part 3
“‘Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.’” (Hosea 2:6 NIV)
In the Old Testament book of Hosea, we read about the prophet’s anguish because of the unfaithfulness of the wife that he loves; and it is symbolic of God’s broken heart as he laments the spiritual adultery of his people in turning to false gods. Contrary to what human nature would dictate, however, Hosea goes after the object of his love in spite of her rejection of him; and God does the same with the people that he loves. Instead of bringing destruction upon Israel, we read in the book of Hosea that God sets out to try and make Israel return to him.
The first thing God says he’ll do is to turn his people into a parched land so that they will be made aware of the thirsting of their soul for the one for whom they were created. God then says that he’s going to block Israel’s path and wall her in so that she cannot find her way. In other words, God is going to hem them in and frustrate what they are trying to do as they wander perilously away from the one who loves them and is their only provider.
What a beautiful image this is of how much God loves us! Instead of casting us aside when we allow other things to get between us, the Lord goes after us and frustrates our efforts so that we can come to our senses and realize how unfulfilled we are without him. Haven’t we all gone through that at times when we have drifted away from the Lord? We get this feeling of frustration; we get this churning inside of us, and everything we want to do seems blocked. Some of us may want to blame it on Satan; but, sometimes, it’s not Satan at all. It could be God showing us how hard it is when we leave him; and what frustration there is when we get away from his plan for our lives.
If you’re reading this today, and you are feeling bound by your circumstances and can’t seem to break loose, perhaps God is trying to get your attention. He may be saying, “I love you so much that I’ll make you dry in your soul so that you’ll realize how much you need me. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll let you run into a brick wall rather than leave you to your own devices and let you miss out on my perfect plan for your life. No matter what, there’s one thing you can count on: I love you and I don’t want to let you go!”
To be continued…
Read Hosea 2:4-7.