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Warm Embrace

Make me a place where I can stand
I watch you close while you watch me.
Beneath your face and in your hand.
Your holy ghost as close can be

I meet your hug, your warm embrace.
You pull. You know what I need best.
Your love and tug against my waist;
Your river flow refresh and zest.

The night is near but morning comes.
I catch a sound against my ear.
The light appears. Your whisper hums.
Was lost. Now found. Was deaf. Now hear!

His and Ours

In the beginning, God promised us He would be our God as long as our hearts were toward Him (1). Our changed hearts are signs that we repented from evil deeds. Changing our hearts shows that we want to be God’s. This desire for a relationship, between God and humans, goes two ways: 1) The promise is that we can be God’s and 2) That we should show that we want to be God’s by a changed heart.

A Caring God

When people are God’s people, God takes care of them. Being God’s means that God takes possession of us. He, like a mother, nurtures, protects, and encourages us. He is like the mother watching her daughter play a basketball game; the mother cares for her daughter’s safety, helped the daughter get ready for the game by washing her daughter’s jersey, and shouts during the game to encourage her daughter. The daughter takes comfort in her knowing that she has a mother like this. We can take similar comfort in God because God tells us “Fear not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my right hand of righteousness” (2).

No Other God

When we have God and God has us, we don’t need another God because God is enough “God” for us. If we look at the example of the caring mother and the nurtured daughter, we should see that the nurtured daughter has no reason to want another mother. Her mother is enough because the mother gives the daughter what the daughter needs. If I have a God who cares, protects, and strengthens me, why do I need another god? I don’t. When I have a God who loves me so much to “be merciful to my unrighteousness and forget my iniquities,” what other god do I need? If I have a God who gives me eternal life, what other god should I seek? None.

When we belong to God, we show that we are His from our behavior. He takes care of us, and we have no desire for another god. When God is ours, “we have everything” (3).

(1) Genesis 17:10-14, In Romans 2:25-29, Paul explains that a heart towards God is the circumcision that God talks about in Genesis.
(2) Isaiah 41:10.
(3) 1 Corinthians 3:21.

Trusting in the “LORD God of Israel”

There was a woman named Naomi. She had two sons who were married. Their wives’ names were Ruth and Orpah. Naomi’s two sons died. Naomi told her daughters-in-law to go back to their mother’s house. Orpah returned, but Ruth said, “For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” (1)

Before Ruth said this, Naomi said that Ruth’s sister-in-law (Orpah) returned to her mother’s house and her gods. Ruth, though, stayed with Naomi and declared that Naomi’s God would be her God. What made Ruth stay? What made Ruth prefer Naomi over her family? Boaz, Ruth’s future husband, gives the impetus of Ruth’s decision. He says Ruth “[came] to trust…the LORD God of Israel.” (2) What can we do by trusting in the LORD God of Israel? Where can we go? Where can we live? Whom can we live? How and where can we die? Ruth had clear answers to these questions because of her trust in God. (3)

(1) Ruth 1:16
(2) Ruth 2:12
(3) Ruth 1:16-17

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