“In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’;
you will no longer call me ‘my master'" Hosea 2:16
It has been a while since I have posted. These are quite, pondering, unnerving times and all that is in between.
I landed in Hosea this morning and vs. 2:16- where the Lord says - in that day you will call me Ishi (my husband) vs. Baali (my master). I stopped and took pause and thought what a subtle difference. God does want our obedience (in fact, He requires it); but if we stop there, we will obey simply out of duty - or based on what is required of us in His word- yet, if we stop there and just do the right thing- we sell ourselves short in a deep way. Engagement with a master is impersonal/ even rather one sided. Yet engagement with a husband carries a weight of intimacy and love.
In my own walk with God the shift happened when I fell deeply in love with a ‘husband’- because then, and only then, did I desire to spend intimate quality time. Yes, most certainly a key ingredient was obedience, but it shifted from a birthing place of obligation to His word to a deep love for the life giving one that breaths the words. The Word became alive because He became alive - as a husband - one that I desire to please and honor. I sit with Him each day - not out of guilt of the call of a Master but out of desire to be with Him. So I say, "Who am I serving? Master or Husband?" I chose the latter: a perfect blend of deep love and deep obedience!
Love to all of you !