Read Jeremiah 3:19-20
19 “I thought to myself,
‘I would love to treat you as my own children!’
I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land—
the finest possession in the world.
I looked forward to your calling me ‘Father,’
and I wanted you never to turn from me.
20 But you have been unfaithful to me, you people of Israel!
You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband.
I, the Lord, have spoken.” (NLT)
It is all too easy to see God as some debating point. To pick apart his various attributes. To conceive of him as some abstract, impersonal force far removed from the ebb and flow of human emotions.
God has passion. This shines through in many Scriptures. And in Jesus we see a God who delights, who weeps, who feels. In our text today we read of a God who is like a betrayed lover. Too many men and women have known the pain of being betrayed. Of finding that someone who professes to love them has in fact gone off to another love.
Again and again God experiences this betrayal. He is not some immoveable, unfeeling power serenely untroubled by such things. He is a person whose feelings matter. He feels betrayal. He feels the pain of unrequited love. He feels the loss of intimacy with those he loves to the limit.
Theologians rightly study God: he is worthy of such study. But after all our analysing, all our descriptive comments, all our debate and argumentation, the fact remains that God above all wants to be loved.