Holding Our Gaze…

I remember my wedding day (almost 30 years ago). I remember the moment that my beautiful wife became visible at the end of the aisle. I know that we had been told to look around and take in all that was going on around us, but once I caught a glimpse of her, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.

Throughout the day, people would talk to me, and other things were going on, but nothing could take my attention from her. My life became different that day. No longer single, my life would be different moving forward.

I don’t look back to what my single life was like, nor to what it would be like now. I am loved for who I am. Why would I ever want to go back to the time before being with my beloved? My life has been changed forever, and I am truly blessed!

Today I am reading Hosea, and although there is so much to take from it, I am drawn to Hosea 2:17 “For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, they will no longer be remembered by their names.”

“For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, they will no longer be remembered by their names.”

Hosea 2:17 CSB

Spurgeon has this to say about it.

“ Oh the Love of God! He does not want us to remember our old ways. I do not like to hear people talk about their old habits except if they do it tenderly, with many tears and many complaints, and tell the story to the praise and glory of divine grace. God takes the old names out of our lips — we forget them; and having done away with them, we bury the dead past and live in newness of life.”

“ Oh the Love of God! He does not want us to remember our old ways. I do not like to hear people talk about their old habits except if they do it tenderly, with many tears and many complaints, and tell the story to the praise and glory of divine grace. God takes the old names out of our lips — we forget them; and having done away with them, we bury the dead past and live in newness of life.”

Spurgeon, Charles; Spurgeon Study Bible, Holman Bible Publishers; Nashville, TN. p. 1177

Our past is gone when we hand everything over to Jesus. He does not want us dwelling on that which we have gone through, except as needed for His glory. We should not look at it longingly, like He is keeping us from something we desire.

He has freed us from the shackles that hold us back, and He offers us so much more than this life has to offer. It is far better than anything we have had in the past, and our future is brighter than we could imagine when we have heaven in our sight.

As much as I feel loved by my wife, I know that my God loves me even more! Why would I ever want to go back. And at times when I can lose focus, I am so thankful that He lovingly returns my gaze to Him. Oh what a beautiful sight!

It doesn’t matter what we have done, or what we are doing. He stands in love waiting to take us back. The story of Hosea is one of a loving husband doing everything necessary to get His beloved back.

Do we really understand how much God loves us? As we run to things that won’t last, He stands there waiting. He is right there offering us eternal life. He offers us His eternal love… even though we don’t deserve it!

And His desire? His desire is for us to love Him back.

Not with a cheap love, but adoring Him for Who He is. For those who are distant from Him, may they see the love in His eyes as He holds His arms wide open, and run to Him.

And for those who love Him but have been looking towards things from the past, or things that are not of Him, we ask Him to help us regain our focus.

Give us a glimpse of You, Lord, as a spouse gazes upon their beloved at a wedding. And help us to keep our eyes focused on You, until that day when we see You face to face.

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