Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6)
Relate: He sat on the couch numb. She was still talking, explaining her reasons, but he couldn’t hear anything more. It was just noise to his ears. As he stared out the window, watching the wind shake the branches of their elm tree all he kept hearing were those dreadful ten words. “I just don’t love you anymore. I want a divorce.” How could this happen? Where had things gone wrong? How could he not see it coming?
She sat there on the bed weeping, holding the evidence of his infidelity in her hand. There had been suspicions. There had been fear, but she had done her best to bury it. She figured if she just tried a little harder, clean a little more, smile at his dumb jokes a just little more that he would come back. But now would she want him? Now that her worst doubts, her worst fears were confirmed, would she let him?
He sat in the closet crying as silently as he could. They were at it again. Once, their arguing was a rare thing. Once, there were more smiles, more love. But lately, it seemed as though they were at each other’s throats every night. If only he was better behaved, if he could do his chores more quickly, if he’d pick up his toys without having to be asked, then maybe they would be happier. Maybe things would be better like they used to be. “Just go! Get out of here. I don’t want to see you again!” Mommy’s screaming was answered by a door slamming and, soon afterward, the car was peeling out of the driveway. He fell asleep in the closet to the sound of mommy crying in her room.
Over and over, scenes like these three are played out in homes across America, the UK, Australia, India, Germany… the world. Before this day is out over seven thousand couples will have ended their marriage. What happened to “for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part?” What happened to commitment? What happened to love?
Relate: One of the Old Testament prophets, Hosea, is called love and marry a woman even though God promised up front that she will be unfaithful. After their first child together, she gives birth to two more children he knows are not his. Still, he stays. Eventually, she decides to leave him anyways. It is then that he writes one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible. “But I will win her back once again. I will lead her out into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her there.” Even after she was faithless, he would do everything he could to win back her heart. No matter what she might think, he meant it when he said, “Till Death Do Us Part”
That’s a good thing because I have a heart that tends to wander. I’m one that tends to take for granted those things that I once so deeply cherished. But like Hosea, God is pursuing me with His goodness and His unfailing love. He is courting my heart today just as He did in those days when I first came to Him. And if I am to be like Christ, I need to have that same driven, unchanging, unwavering passion for those God has called me to love. Rather than taking others for granted, I need to be doing everything I can to keep them from taking me for granted. I need God’s pursuing love.
Help me to love You with the same unchanging, unwavering love that You show me. Help me to pursue You the same way You run after me. God, I especially pray for those couples I know that need an extra touch of your grace. For those that are doing well, help them to not take each other for granted. For those where things seem to be falling apart, help them to return to the love they had at first. Help them to forgive as You have forgiven. Help them to love as You love. Help them to cherish as You cherish us.