The Jilted Lover
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
This week, God has been speaking to me about being a jilted lover to His children. When I first thought of God in those terms, I was shocked. God… jilted? But as He spoke to my spirit, I began to see exactly what He was conveying to me. Many of us are guilty of jilting God and leaving Him behind in search of something or someone better. We leave Him out of our hopes and dreams relying on self instead of Him; we have taken Him out of school and our children’s lives as we forbid prayer in school and leaving spiritual teaching to others, instead of parents; and we have even taken Him out of the “church” on some level as we follow big names and popularity instead of sound, biblical teaching based on His word. In all of those areas, we have jilted God and are constantly in search of something more.
Yet God, the most intimate Lover of our souls, is always waiting for our return. As a matter of fact, throughout the Bible, God constantly reminded His children to return to Him for there was no God before Him (Isaiah 44:6) and that He loved them beyond measure (Ephesians 3:16-19). However instead of resting in that knowledge, His children rejected Him. They even rejected His son, our Savior. So I want to share what God has spoken to me: God no longer wants to be the jilted lover. He no longer wants to stand back in second place as we go find a better solution, a better lover, a better way than Him. There is none. Instead, He wants each of us to recognize the very thing that we seek resides with Him. And when we return to Him, He seeks to love on us, heal us, bless us and restore us to our rightful place as His children.
The Lord deserves the glory and honor of being our first love; more importantly He deserves our faithfulness and commitment. If you find yourself searching for something more, recognize that the more is always Him.