Pastor’s Pen: A husband’s desire for faith

The other night I watched a movie entitled The Grass is Greener starring Carey Grant.

It was about an English wife who forgets how much she truly loves her husband and falls in love with a rather imposing American man. Through much of the movie it seems to the wife that the husband is content to let her go when, all the while, the husband truly does love his wife but could not stand to have a wife that is only and always longing for someone else.

Of course, as movies do, the husband wins out in the end with an unexpected and dangerous plan.

The story reminded me of Hosea the prophet.

He to was married to an unfaithful wife, though, much more so than the one in the movie.

She represented Israel.

They were unfaithful to their God and He let them go and suffer the consequences of their actions.

God says this to Hosea in chapter 3, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods …”

God desired to have Israel back, but was undesirous of a people that didn’t desire only Him. Later in chapter 13, God says, “But I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, You shall acknowledge no God but Me, no Savior except Me.”

The fact is that God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6) and still desires each of us to “acknowledge no God but Him, no Savior except Him.”

The battles within us take us from God and from true joy, but God desires us as a husband must desire his wife (James 4:1-10) and we are to be faithful to Him in the same way (Ephesians 5:22-33).

As 2012 begins, renew your commitment to be faithful to a God who has always been faithful to you.

He is awaiting your return.