“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.” –Hosea 11:4a
Lexi’s leash ties her to me; it’s a connection between us. It’s symbolic of the invisible bond between us. In fact, the leash played a significant part in creating this bond. Love alone isn’t enough to establish a strong bond between human and dog. A dog needs discipline and leadership. A dog needs to learn to respect and trust her human guardian. Teaching Lexi to walk on her leash also taught her to trust me and to follow my instructions. So even when Lexi is off-leash—at the dog park, say—she’s still bound to me by affection, loyalty, and discipline. Likewise, God’s love ties us to him; it’s the connection between us. But love isn’t enough to establish a strong faith. We humans need hope and humility. We need to learn to rely on and revere the Lord. When we learn to walk with God, we learn to trust him and to follow his instructions (that is, his will for us). Then we will always be bound to the Lord: “They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten” (Jeremiah 50:5).
Dear God, Teach me to trust you and follow your instructions. Amen