“They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.” –Jeremiah 32:33
Sometimes on our walks Lexi picks up a delectable piece of trash. She knows I’m going to take it away from her, so she gets as far away from me as her leash will allow and turns her back to me. Then she hunkers down to lick or chew her treasure in private. I try to call her to me, but she doesn’t listen. Then I command her to “leave it.” I’ll reward her with a treat if she abandons the trash, but she usually won’t. Finally I have to reel in the leash until she faces me so I can take the trash away from her. She doesn’t understand that I’m trying to save her from choking or getting sick. We Christians do understand that God wants to save us, but sometimes we turn our backs on him anyway. We may be angry or disappointed, or we may be trying to hide something, like Lexi does. God calls to us, but we don’t listen. God tells us what is right, but we won’t leave what is wrong. We may try to get as far away from him as possible, but, fortunately for us, the “ties of love” that bind us to God (Hosea 11:4) are infinitely long. We can’t get away from him. Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39)—not even ourselves. He walks with us even when we don’t walk with him.
Dear God, Thank you that I can’t get away from you, even when I turn my back on you. Amen