How well do you know the Lord? Do you know what He loves and what He hates? And if you know, does it matter enough to you that you are willing to do something about it?
All of you who have ever experienced the joy of a long-lasting, healthy relationship know that it didn’t happen by caring only about yourself. Of course not. You gave and received. You listened and were listened to. You acted on their behalf and they acted on yours. And you mutually cared for and invested in one another.
Tell me, should a relationship with God be any different? Should it be only one-sided? Wouldn’t that be considered unhealthy? One of the primary ways we learn about God is through His written word. We learn from His word what God loves and what He hates. And one of the main focuses through the entirety of His word is His love and covenant with Israel.
From the beginning of Genesis, we see that God established an EVERLASTING covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He is still keeping to this day (See Genesis 17:6-8). The God we serve sees Israel as the apple (or pupil) of His eye. (Zechariah 2:8). The Messiah we are so grateful for saving us from our sins, came through His people Israel. The Bible that we are so grateful for giving us wisdom and instruction, was given to and written through His people Israel. Our God is focused today on bringing back His people from all the nations of the earth, to restore them to their land and to Himself, to give them a new heart and to pour out His Spirit upon them and then, Yeshua, the One we are all waiting to return, will come back and place His feet on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel. (See Ezekiel 36:25-27 and Zechariah 14:3-5).
Knowing the nature and person of God and His heart of love for the land and people of Israel puts us in a position of responsibility to Him. If we say we love Him, we want to know Him, to have a long-lasting relationship with Him, then can we avoid loving what He loves and joining Him in what He is doing with ALL His heart and with ALL His soul? (Jeremiah 32:41).
Take a moment to consider if your relationship with God has been about knowing Him for who He is and joining Him in what He is doing, or has it been primary about what you want Him to be and do for you?
Prayerfully, we can all stand before Him one day and truly say, “What matters to You Lord has mattered to me.”
God bless you!