First Love

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the Lord,

“I remember the devotion of your youth,
    your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness,
    in a land not sown.
Israel was holy to the Lord,
    the firstfruits of his harvest.
All who ate of it incurred guilt;
    disaster came upon them,
declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 2:1-3

Have you ever been in love? Perhaps it was a person or an activity you enjoyed so much, you couldn't imagine being away from them/it for any length of time.

Was it the first time you were finally able to play your favorite song on your instrument?

Was it your honeymoon?

Was it when you ran a marathon and reached a runner's high and wondered why you haven't done this before?

Was it the first time you held your newborn child?

Do you remember the love you felt when you first fell into God's arms? When you gave up running from Him and finally accepted His love?

The Bible is filled with metaphors of God's people as His bride. He is jealous and passionate for us, and all He desires is that we receive His love and love Him with zeal.

Do you? How is your heart? Are you filled with that first love for the Lord? Or has your heart grown distant?

Theologian D.A. Carson said, "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord." Have you drifted? Or are you still running toward Him, abiding in Him, remaining close to His heart, and working out your Salvation with fear and trembling?

Daily, hour-by-hour I feel myself drifting away from my Lord. Worries, to-do lists, and a fleshly desire to be entertained constantly - these all pull me further from Him.

Are you drifting today? What is pulling you away? Will you do one thing today to seek the Lord and draw near to Him? He is always waiting for you, wanting to love you with His everlasting love.

My Precious Savior, I need you! How I need you! Every hour I need you! You are the only One who gives life and loves me fully and completely. You are the One who restores my soul. I love You, Lord! Rekindle my first love for You! Strengthen my heart to keep choosing You over things that cause me to drift. Refresh me with Your presence today! Because of Jesus, Amen.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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