I think God works in themes.
Do you find that to be true? Surely you have had those moments when the same verse came up in your personal study, in the sermon at church on Sunday, and again in group Bible study later in the week. No doubt you have experienced it as well.
Sometimes I wonder about those themes, though. Like a few weeks ago when the story of Hosea and Gomer (if you need a refresher just read the book of Hosea) came up in my personal study, at church and again at Bible study. What’s up with that? I love the story of God’s redemption of us and the unconditional love He shows through Hosea. But in the real world, I really have no desire to be on either end of the Hosea and Gomer story. Really.
I love the themes when God gives reassurance to my heart, calms my fears, and builds my faith. The struggle comes when they are lessons of conviction, challenges to my understanding, and prodding beyond my comfort level.
Themes have their purpose, though. How many times have we had to tell our children the same thing a hundred times and they are still learning. Some “short people” I know still chew with their mouths open sometimes, talk with their mouth full, and even randomly make belching noises (periodically even at the table). I look at those children in shock as I sit there listening to the smacking going on at the table . . . and don’t get me started on the gum.
Then God reminds me that figuratively speaking in my spiritual walk, I frequently still chew with my mouth open, talk with my mouth full, and even belch. You get what I’m saying. He has taught me so many lessons so many times you would think that He would get tired of repeating Himself.
And then He reminds me of Hosea.
I wonder what in the world this has to do with me, till He graciously tells me of His unconditional love even when I’m belching at the spiritual table.
Themes. I need them because they not only mold me in ways I desperately need to become more like Him, they also are a sweet reminder of His patience and grace.
What themes do you see in your life right now? How has God used them in the past?
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