“As a loincloth clings to a man’s waist, so I created Judah and Israel to cling to me, says the Lord. They were to be my people, my pride, my glory-an honor to my name. But they would not listen to me.” 13:11
God created his people so that he could have an intimate relationship with them. I take this for granted a lot. I don’t know much about other religions or other gods people worship, so it can be lost on me how unique and special this is. As we’ve read in previous chapters, people passed up worshiping God to worship statues that they built with their own hands. Motionless, dead weight that they carried around from place to place. They chose this over the Living God, who loves us and relates to us. Who compares our closeness to him as underwear. Weird, but it gets the point across. God wants to exceed our expectations for relationship with him. He wants to get us out of our comfort zones and trust him.
What area of your life are you keeping God out of?
If circumstances in your life have impacted how you engage in intimate relationships, seek healing from God. We will not succeed relationally with anyone until we seek out a healthy relationship with him.