The Lord Be With You Today!
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
(Though the Lord had sought Israel as a fervent husband pursues a wife,
she had allowed her relationship to Him to deteriorate and grow cold.
He had let go of her because of her stubborn willfulness,
because of her determination to walk in her own ways,
because of her determination to walk away from Him and His will,
because of her determined and repeated disobedience.
In His mysterious and inscrutable purposes,
the Lord admits He lets go of us, too, at times
because of our willfulness and disobedience,
to teach us, grow us, mature us, deepen our walk with Him,
and that He lifts His protective covering from us for a short time.)
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
(Although He lets go of His beloved
in the sense of turning His Face away from her disobedience,
He never completely severs His commitment to her or leaves or forsakes her
even when she is rebellious and cold toward Him.
His commitment and compassion for His beloved are forever,
and now He vows to recommit to her, to open His Arms to welcome her back.
Today we are His beloved whom He continues to call back to Himself,
whom He welcomes with an embrace of love and forgiveness.
He promises that when He does permit challenges and hardships to enter our lives,
even when He seems to have abandoned us to our willful ways,
His compassion and concern cause Him
to always pull us back into His circle of protection and care.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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