Dear church,

I break faith with God when I consider the eternal blessings of God and then look out toward the temporary enticements of the world – and I choose the latter. We are constantly tempted to break faith with the Lord. But our eyes should be fixed only on Jesus, the one who forgives our sin and constantly invites us back into relationship with him. 

God’s people are wedded to Him. They always have been, and they always will be (Hosea 2). For generations, Israel acted like an adulterous wife, always turning away from God, always breaking faith. And God sought, in his own wise way, to draw his bride back into relationship with him. “I will betroth you to me in faithfulness” (Hosea 2:20).

But the act of breaking faith always is revealed.

Our rituals remind us of certain truths we hold dear – like the body and blood of Christ in the bread and the wine of the Lord’s Supper. A bitter cup of dust and water had meaning in Israel. Later, they would discover there is a cup of God’s wrath (Isaiah 51:17).

Marriages have meaning, too. Today, they remind us of our sacred relationship with Jesus – the one to whom we must be faithful. Unfaithfulness is not consistent with the calling and character of Christ, who is faithful to his own “bride” all the way to the end (Revelation 18:7-8).

And in all this, we remember Jesus drank the “cup” for us (Matthew 26:39). He died for our sins, and he covered over our dark moments of breaking faith.

We all from time to time break faith with Christ. We are guilty, and we might as well admit it. And we listen to his hope-filled words to “adulterers” caught in the act: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more” (John 8:11).

Chris

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