He still loves you

Posted: April 17th, 2011 | Filed under: God | Tags: , | 14 Comments »

“…he played at religion with toy gods. Still, I stuck with him. I led [him]. I rescued him from human bondage, but he never acknowledged my help, never admitted that I was the one pulling his wagon, that I lifted him, like a baby, to my cheek, that I bent down to feed him.”Hosea 11:2-4

I want you to know that God will never leave you. He has the patience of a Father. He plays with you, even  if you are not playing back. He’s holding you, even if you think you’re holding yourself up. He brings you to his chest, even if you have forgotten His smell. He sustains you, even if you can’t see Him.

You are His child and He loves you. He loves you even if you do not love Him back. He’s leading you, carrying you, pulling you in your wagon…

You can turn from Him, get disoriented by false belief, and call for help from false gods who do not answer. You can evoke His anger, but He’s holding back. He’s holding back on account of you.

If you’re still here, having lived through such hell and disillusionment, He has not let you go.

He still loves you. Come back. Follow the sound of His roar of Love in this war of Love and run back home. Your bed is made, your dinner is on the table. Your seat in the child’s wagon is still there.

But how can I give up on you, …? How can I turn you loose, …? How can I leave you to be ruined…, devastated…? I can’t bear to even think such thoughts. My insides churn in protest. And so I’m not going to act on my anger. I’m not going to destroy… And why? Because I am God and not a human. I’m The Holy One and I’m here—in your very midst. The people will end up following God. I will roar like a lion—Oh, how I’ll roar! My frightened children will come running from the west. Like frightened birds they’ll come… like scared doves. I’ll move them back into their homes. God’s Word!Hosea 11:8-11



14 Comments on “He still loves you”

  1. 1 Debbie said at 5:25 am on April 17th, 2011:

    A very timely reminder for me! Thank you for sharing.

  2. 2 Lori said at 6:15 am on April 17th, 2011:

    This was for me.

    Thank you.

  3. 3 Traylor Lovvorn said at 6:39 am on April 17th, 2011:

    Thanks, Serena, for this powerful reminder of God's scandalous love for me!

  4. 4 Amber said at 6:48 am on April 17th, 2011:

    I am sobbing. He loves me? Still?

  5. 5 Wanda said at 6:50 am on April 17th, 2011:

    Oh, how God's word can penetrate a soul.

    Thank you so much !!

  6. 6 Rashelle said at 7:11 am on April 17th, 2011:

    Thank you. I really needed this today. I needed to know that I am still loved.

  7. 7 Julie R. said at 7:35 am on April 17th, 2011:

    Thank you for this wonderful word today!

    What translation were you using?

    Knowing this helps me when I go back and read the scripture in its totality.

    Thank you again for being used by God to remind us of His wondrous love and mercy. 🙂

  8. 8 Serena Woods said at 12:16 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    Thanks, everyone.

    <font color = "38bdd3">Julie R.:</font> I used The Message today. I loved the "pulling his wagon" analogy. 🙂

  9. 9 Julie R. said at 4:03 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    Yes that was truly a sweet analogy. Thank you. 🙂

  10. 10 Mickey said at 4:19 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    Thanks. Your blog has been helpful today. I need to read your blogs more.

  11. 11 Wendy said at 3:32 am on April 18th, 2011:

    We're having revival this week at church. This is a very appropriate reminder during this time <3

  12. 12 Steph said at 3:39 am on April 18th, 2011:

    Why is this so hard to remember? Thank you for this, Serena.

  13. 13 Genevieve Thul said at 8:45 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    Sobs as I read this. Battling depression and suicidal thoughts after being excommunicated and my abuse revealed for all to see. The only thing that explains how I feel about this – what I have gone through – is already written in a post: http://turquoisegates.blogspot.com/2011/04/story-

    Much love to you, Serena, as your book has been part of the "float" that kept me battling.

  14. 14 eileen said at 12:34 am on April 19th, 2011:

    "You are His child and He loves you. He loves you even if you do not love Him back. He’s leading you, carrying you, pulling you in your wagon…"

    I love this! I can actually picture a little red wagon and my Heavenly Father pulling it gently along. Thanks.

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