Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Words From An Adultress

So, I was reading Hebrews this evening and I came upon thise verse : "This is the new covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." (Hebrews 8:10) When you are saved (at which time you recieved the Holy Spirit) God begins working to change your thoughts and desires. God is constantly working to make our thoughts and wants line up with His.

The problem is that we are fickle (I know that is a granny word, but I couldnt think of a better one). We desire God until we get Him, then we desire to move on to something else. Oh, we want God, we want to be saved, we want the full 'heavenly' treatment. When we are first saved, we have such joy and peace that nothing could shake our faith. Then after a time of walking with the Lord, we grow tired or weary in the work of God ---dare I say bored with the things of God? It is at that time that we become adulterers.

That's right I went there. We become full fledged fornicators and commit adultery with the world against our Groom. Let me put it this way.........Let's say you have been married for 10 years, you and your husband get along okay, but the 'spark' is gone from your marriage, so you see a nice looking man and he tells you that you are the most beautiful woman on earth. You begin to spend all your time with him and think about him without ever giving your Husband a thought. All of the sudden your faithful, comfortable companion has become a dreary bore and you are not satisfied until you are in the arms of someone whom you feel is more exciting. Oh, you may not actually have sex with this man, but isnt it still adultery? If your husband were spending all his time and money on another woman, would you not consider him an adulterer?

That is exactly what we do with God. We know that He is faithful. We know that He loves His children unconditionally, but we get bored with Him and we look to the world for our pleasure. We go for a while and dont recieve a fresh word from Him so we assume He doesnt love us anymore and we look for love elsewhere. The truth is we arent hearing a fresh word because we are too busy thinking about the things of the world to hear Him whisper the things He wants to teach us. God wants to put His thoughts in our minds and write His laws on our hearts, but sadly much of the time we are too busy spending time with our other lover - the world. It is adultery pure and simple and we are all guilty of it. I am just so thankful that He is faithful when we are not.

8 comments:

Jennifer Partin said...

Indeed we are fickle and easily swayed. For me, it's a challenge to get the head knowledge to travel to my heart. Oh how we need His Word! Great post Bethanne---deep.

BethAnne said...
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Deidre said...

Wow, Bethanne...the verse in your header just gave me chills. What a cool reminder of 'what it's all about'. I love your blog and I can relate to everything except the 'cutting out sugar' part. I just don't believe I could deal with that :)

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting my blog. I've enjoyed reading your posts.

I'm Tara. said...

Ouch. Guilty! Goodness, Bethanne -- ya got me today. (Again!) Hey - go read my blog today -- there's a little something for you. :)

Earen said...

Man alive...talk about convicting my heart! I've never thought about it that way & you said it so perfectly!

I wish I could sit under you & gleam your heart for the Lord. I'm so thankful that I can read your thoughts through this blog. You have such profound & deep thoughts about the Lord & you ALWAYS cause me to think so much! What a powerful analogy you gave & now I think I have some more repenting to do!

Loved your comment on Tara's blog! I think we would be great friends if I knew you in person..in the mean time, you're a great blogging friend!

Abby said...

amen, amen, and amen.

thanks for this...

Mr. and Mrs. D said...

Wow. What a convicting post. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

jennyhope said...

I saw this on your side bar and read it. It is so good! Girl I love your heart for Jesus. Seriously...it is so encouraging.