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cropped-rose-white-and-pinkJeremiah 2:2, “Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, So says Jehovah, I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothals, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown”

New love is exciting! We have all seen it in newly married couples. When Lisa and Steven were first married, he was the center of her attention. She welcomed him home every night, fussed over his favorite meals, and found ways to make him feel loved. His pleasure was her delight. Then things began to change. Some of the excitement was no longer there. She did not always greet him with a kiss. She expressed irritation at some of the very same mannerisms she used to adore. She became preoccupied with the house and children. Soon she was feeling sorry for herself. Other husbands seemed to be more understanding and affectionate. Eventually she had an affair, and the marriage was in serious trouble.

This isn’t only true of marriages. We have seen people who lovingly wash their new sports car and then do it all over again. Whether it’s a new car or a new relationship, at first we respond with wholehearted devotion. However, with the passing of time, the excitement often fades. Unrealistic hopes can blind us to the flaws in the object of our affection. When we expect too much from a person or a possession, we set ourselves up for disappointment. A car, a house, or a spouse may turn out to be less than ideal. It was like that between Israel and God. In Jeremiah 1:2, the Lord is remembering when Israel loved Him and desired to please only Him. However, now the nation was chasing after the false gods of the pagans.

Further thoughts:

Before we judge that wife or Israel too harshly, we need to take a closer look at ourselves. If our relationship with God has cooled, it’s because our communication has broken down and disinterest has set in. Its then that our intimacy with God is lost. It happened with Israel (Jeremiah 2:5-8); it happens with us. However, we cannot blame God. He never changes. His love for us is unfailing! If your relationship with the Lord has grown cold, take time to think about who He is and what He has done. Draw near to Him in prayer. Then you won’t be left wondering where your love has gone. Love for God will cause you to live for God. Christ showed His love by dying for us; we show ours by living for Him. We are the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7). How we loved Him when He first forgave us and set us free! How eager we were to please Him in everything we did! That may have been a long time ago. How is it now!

(1) Does your life show that you know, love, and are living for God?
(2) Or has Christ become the forgotten Bridegroom?