Have you ever had a broken heart? I don’t mean just romantically, 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 Alabama Hannah, even if she is giving us a bad reputation on the Bachelor. 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) Courtesy of the Valentine season, 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 (3:1). 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 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?
God, help me to stop breaking Your heart. Show me where I have put other people/things before you, and give me the strength to restore the right order; loving You above all else. Amen