Last Christmas (Monday)

Have you ever had a broken heart?  I don’t mean just romantically, though that’s the broken heart this song is talking about, but there are other ways your heart could be broken like the loss of a friendship or the change in what you thought your life plan was supposed to be.  Whatever it was, you probably know what I mean when I say it’s excruciatingly painful – the type of thing you wouldn’t wish on The Grinch before his transformation.  Hopefully, you also know that it gets better. (If you don’t know that, consider this your standing invitation to come talk with any of us at Wesley about it.)  That being said, this song makes me think of the heartbreak God feels when we give Him our heart one day and take it away the next day.  Insert the story of Hosea.  Hosea is an old testament prophet that God instructed to marry a prostitute. And so Hosea did and he loved her like crazy.  But, she cheated on him time and time again and every time Hosea was heartbroken.  But, God told him to go get her back.  Hosea 3:1 says

Then God ordered me, “Start all over: Love your wife again,

   your wife who’s in bed with her latest boyfriend, your

       cheating wife.

Love her the way I, God, love the Israelite people,

   even as they flirt and party with every god that takes their fancy.”

We are told countless times throughout scripture that our God is a jealous God. He wants all of us and when we split our love or gifts or make other things more important than Him that breaks his heart.  Not because He doesn’t want us to be happy or enjoy life, but because he knows that the love He is offering us is will bring so much more joy than the cheap imitation we get from other sources.  Plus, if we truly love God like we say we do, why would we put Him through the pain of heartbreak over and over again?  In what ways did I give my heart away to something other than God?  This Christmas, to save God (and me) from tears, I’ll give it to someone special (aka Jesus).