Unabandoned Love

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her…in that day”, declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master’…I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness and you will acknowledge the Lord”
Hosea 2:14,16,19-20 (NIV)

What little girl doesn’t dream of her ideal wedding? Since I was old enough to know what a wedding was, the idea of dressing up in a beautiful white dress, walking down the aisle into the arms of my true love, publicly declaring our love for one another, and riding off into the sunset to live “happily ever after” has always been my heart’s desire.

Whether single or married, as young women, we have been wired with hearts that long for love. The book of Hosea is an incredible analogy of God’s faithful love for us. The way Hosea portrays God’s love for us is incredible—no matter how many times we turn away and run after other things, God never stops loving us. Each time we run back into His arms, he is ready to love us unconditionally.

Today’s verse is such a beautiful picture of God’s bridal, unabandoned love. I pray that as we meditate on it today, we will experience God’s incredible love, compassion, and faithfulness. May we know how truly loved we are!

“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves in heard in our land…All beautiful you are my darling; there is no flaw in you…you have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How delightful is your love!
Song of Songs 2:10-12, 4:7,9-10 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, once again, as I reflect on your incredible love for me, I really can’t believe it. Your love satisfies the deepest longings of my heart. Thank you for the perfect way that you love me. Thank you that your word says that I am betrothed to you in “righteousness, justice, love, and compassion.” Today, I pray for a heart devoted to loving you.