11/29/17 – Guest Blog by Jon Bubar
Alluring God. Our relationship with God is a sacred romance. Often, amidst the religion, the ceremony, the theology and the formality, we forget that God is our Lover. We weren’t created to be subjects or vassals. We were created to be His bride and as His bride, God will take great attempts to woo us and allure us with His beauty. I remember when I first met my wife. We went out on a date in the Old Port part of Portland, Maine. She wore a very pretty sweater and she did something that I now know is significant. She wore her long red hair down. Needless to say, it worked. I was allured by her beauty.
I also attempted to bring my A-game to that meeting. I had a fresh haircut. I took her to a restaurant called “The Farmer’s Table.” During our lunch we talked about many things, including our individual journeys both away from God and back to Him. I loved hearing her heart and her testimony. During the course of our conversation, it came up that she had never picked out a coffee cup. All the mugs she had were ones she sort of picked up along the way. After we ate, we walked by a store that had high end kitchenware and we went inside. They had a large selection of coffee mugs. I had her pick one out and I bought it for her. I was trying to allure her with my thoughtfulness and generosity.
In Hosea 2:14-15, God said that after Israel had been carried away, He would return for her. He would allure her by bringing her back, by speaking comforting words to her, with gifts of vineyards, by giving her hope. He would bring her back to a happier time in her life and give her the joy she felt when He took her out of Egypt and made her a nation. God is alluring you too. He is trying to win your heart like a husband tries to win the heart of His bride. He sacrificed His only Son to buy us back from the slave market. He gave us a free will. He is preparing a place for us to spend eternity with Him. He has sent us the Holy Spirit to speak comfort to our hearts and wisdom to our spirits. He loves us so very much.
How do you respond to your alluring God? Do you offer him an hour on Sunday (as long as the preacher doesn’t offend you or talk too long)? Do you keep Him in a box and limit His influence? Do you spend time with Him each day? Do you long for that time in His presence? Do you run to Him with your concerns and worries? Do you love Him back?
We need to view God less through the lens of rules, regulations, rituals, and religion and see Him through the eyes of a lover. He has made every effort to win your heart. If you will take the time to reflect upon His love for you, it will change your life. It will create in your heart a reciprocal love that will flow between the two of you and consume you. That is what the Christian life is really all about.
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness and speak comfort to her. I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.” – Hosea 2:14-15