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Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “I remember you, The kindness of your youth, The love of your betrothal, When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown. Israel was holiness to the LORD, The firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; Disaster will come upon them,” says the LORD’”
— Jeremiah 2:1-4 NKJV

Journeying through life with our Father has many benefits and yet, for some reason, we as a people tend to allow concerns for our personal needs to overshadow the value of maintaining a close, intimate relationship with the one who has the solutions to all of our needs. It’s almost as though we have a mental block, an ingrained mindset to allow our circumstances to become bigger in our minds than the one whom we love and who in turn greatly loves and cares for us. The power of the soul can creep up like a vine to choke off our clarity of thinking. We may even see our destination ahead of us or envision the breakthrough we need, but it’s all the stuff in the way between here and there that causes us to make excuses as to why we never make our landing.

This problem has not changed for generations. No matter the unique identity of each generation, or how much the world changes for the better, obstacles and circumstances that hinder faith still set in, diminishing our relationship with the Father. The Father’s heart aches for the unbelieving people of the world who don’t know any better. Even more, He cries out for transformation among those have received Him, walked with Him, seen His goodness, and received His love, but have then turned away, gravitating back toward the place where they were when they did not know Him. Feeling bad about themselves, perhaps because of unacknowledged guilt over leaving the Father, and letting their guard down so that the standards of the world can creep in, they soon become blind and deaf to the things of the Father. At one time they stayed close to the Father, but now prefer the world over Him. Perhaps they thought that life with Him would mean a quick fix, only to lose heart when they discovered that the journey to maturity is long.

When we are desperate for a breakthrough in our lives, whether from bondage, sickness and disease, relationship problems, finances, or whatever, we will do everything necessary to have an encounter with the Father. After we receive what we want, we can easily to fall into old negative mental habits. Our view on our Father will mirror the way we view relationships. We don’t always realize that when we relate to the Father, He will lead us through transitions of perception and understanding in our minds. Outwardly, we might desire unhealthy things, but inwardly, the Father goes to work plucking away at the things in our heart that can cause problems in our lives. And yes, it hurts. Going through this transformational process is never easy. Sometimes we feel as though we’ve been stripped naked, but that’s all right because pride cannot have its way in our lives. It’s easier to run away from our adversities than to turn and face them.

As the Father begins His careful pruning of us, He gradually brings us back to the place of revealing in us once again His image and likeness. Our love for Him begins to intensify, and that love compels us to walk out the journey with Him no matter how tough, rugged, and tedious that journey may be. We know that as long as our Maker, our Husbandman, our Friend, and our Father is with us, we are willing to go. We don’t resort to the place of comfort; neither do we want to return to the unfulfilling blandness of a soul-led life. We choose the journey of the Holy Spirit. As on the day we first fell in love with our Father, we remember the reason why we fell in love with Him, and the purpose for why we fell in love with Him, and that memory is bound to our neck like a chain, a glorious weight that constantly reminds us of our love for Him. This is no more drawing back away from our Father!