Part 7: Chapter 4 – Day 3: First Love

Welcome to Day 3 of Chapter 4 from Arise & Shine’s Part 7. Today, Anna is bringing forward our third free will offering of The Hidden Manna in Christ Revealed.

First Love

How could I
Receive You
Had You not
Received me?
How could I slow
To see the One
Had You not slowed
Not stooped down low
To pick me up
And carry me home
Close to Your heart
Beating us One?

How could I ever have left
The ninety-nine
To seek after the One
Had You not done
The same for me?

How else would
I know Peace
In the storm?
How else could
I lean into kindness and
Grace in the piercing?
How could I see
Goodness and mercy
Leading me by the hand
Deeper and deeper into a hope
And a future
Where once I only saw
Trauma and pain?

How could I ever
Love You
Had You not first
Loved me?

God knew Job’s heart for Job’s heart was joined with God’s heart and as a result the enemy could not know Job’s heart, he could only guess and he guessed wrong. When God let go of His sakak, his protection, his savak, his passionate love stayed with Job. When the enemy attacked Job he caught a glimpse of his heart and the enemy knew he was defeated. Job’s heart was so intermingled with God’s heart, the savak was so strong that the enemy could only tuck his tail behind him and wander off in disgrace. The enemy is still trying to get God to remove his sakak, his protection. Old Job was not the first or last one that the enemy used to challenge God to back off from His sakak (protection). He may have challenged God to back off from his sakak, to get to you. If you find yourself in that situation, remember, God can never back off from His savak, his passionate love for you and like Job, you will always have his savak, His passionate love no matter how much God allows the enemy to touch you. The rock Job was anchored to (God’s passionate love) held, no matter what storms God allowed the enemy to bring.

Chaim Bentorah, Hebrew Word Study – A Hebrew Teacher Finds Rest in the Heart of God, p.108

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