God wants a relationship.
“They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols.” Ezekiel 6:9b, NLT.
He will go to great lengths to have this relationship.
2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. 3 But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. 4 For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God,
“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.
But you have given me a body to offer.
6 You were not pleased with burnt offerings
or other offerings for sin.
7 Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God—
as is written about me in the Scriptures.'” Hebrews 10:2-7, NLT.
When he makes a promise, he keeps it.
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23, NLT.
When he says I’m forgiven, I am.
18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. Hebrews 10:18, NLT.
This is my Father God. My Father who pursues me, desires relationship, and loves with a love that won’t end.
Holidays are hard. In the face of feeling unwanted, unseen, unloved, unforgiven, I remind myself of truth–the very opposite of those wounds is healing truth that I am wanted, seen, loved and forgiven. And this is reason for giving thanks–thanksgiving every day.