There is most probably nothing that causes as much heartache and emotional pain as loving someone with all your heart, who totally ignores and refuses your love.
In the old testament we read about the prophet Hosea. God wanted him to feel some of the pain that God feels as a result of people rejecting His love. Therefore, God told him to love and marry a woman who would be unfaithful to him. Hosea did that. He married Gomer. She was unfaithful to him, even though he really loved her and showed her his love.
Even though Gomer had committed adultery with another man, God told Hosea to love her and to go and get her back. Hosea went and bought back his wife. If one reads the list of things that he paid for her, it seems like he paid a lot of what he possessed, to get her back.
All of that is symbolic of God’s love for us. Despite our unfaithfulness to God and us not loving God as we should, God paid the ultimate price, with his precious blood, to buy us back. He did that so that we can be His treasured possessions once more and be adopted as sons and daughters of God. What love!
In the book of Hosea, we read that because God loves us, he pursues us in many ways; even with hardships.
Dear friend, who might still be running away from God. Maybe you are going through a very difficult time. Is it not maybe God pursuing you? Perhaps He sees that you do not love Him. You love the things of this world, which are temporal. You are rejecting his love, while striving for the love of people who are just going to let you down. God knows if you continue rejecting Him, you will eventually be seperated from His love for all eternity. He might be bringing heartache and disappointments into your life to make you realise that He is the only one who truly loves you and that He is the only source of true joy, peace and happiness. He so desires that you would yield yourself to Him.
Friends, God draws us to Himself because He loves us and desires to live in a loving relationship with us forever. He draws us by showering His blessings on us on the one hand and by bringing heartache, hardships and pain over our paths on the other hand.
Are we going to break God’s heart by refusing such great a love to touch our hearts? After having been bought with the ultimate price, are we going to forsake Him and run off after sin and the fleeting pleasures of this world?
No, friend! Let us give ourselves to Him willingly and love Him with all our hearts!
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3 KJV
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:4-5 ESV