I was longing for the person to apologise; every ounce of my being for them to show some humility; I had the words for them to say and I wanted to put those words in their mouth; I sat with them and went through the whole story and told them that it would be good to apologise for this and that; and they did, they apologised but a few days later they took it back, they killed the apology.
Do you know this feeling? You are longing for someone to change, to show humility or to come to Christ. How much more does God’s heart ache?
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. (Matthew 23 v 37-39)
We see the heart of God. The longing of Christ who reveals He is God by saying it was Him who sent the prophets, “how often I have longed to gather your children …”
Jesus is the mother bird, the hen, being driven away from the chicks and the nest, but is refusing to do so. Jesus remains but it is the chicks who are fleeing the nest.
THE ENEMY OF OUR SOUL IS CONTINUALLY TRYING TO DISTANCE US FROM JESUS. HE COULD NOT TEMPT JESUS FROM HIS MISSION SO HE CONTINUES WITH US EITHER THROUGH TEMPTATION OR PRESSURE TO RUN FROM JESUS. THERE IS ONE SAFE PLACE AND THAT IS WITH JESUS WHO LONGS TO GATHER US TO HIM. RUN TO HIM TODAY.