"If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you." (verse 23)
I love that verse!!
What I am seeing here is a loving, caring God, a God who not only loves us unconditionally but a God who is just and fair. He wants what is best for us which is why he is teaching us his ways. He is showing us the beautiful side of knowing him, showing you that you have the decision, nothing has been chosen for you... it is a decision for you to make.
I love how much grace is being handed to us here in this verse, 'if we only responded' to his rebuke (his warnings, laws)... he has his arms open wide for us to run into, if we only choose, willing to give us his heart, to really show himself to us...
Doesn't it make you think of marriage? A holy marriage is an honorable marriage that is filled with two beautiful people giving their everything to one another and God in trust, worship and adoration, living in and by grace.
Peter and I probably would not have lasted without God, from the very beginning we both chose to pause what we were doing, how we were living and give our hearts to God. We poured out our longings, lusts, temptations, failures, successes, hopes, fears and entire lives to God telling him they were all his... we gave him our future. Pete and I when we first started dating years ago, we were young and immature, we had no idea where life was going... it was almost like we were walking blindfolded into a dark, cold tunnel where every now and then someone would shine a flashlight but it was dark and we felt alone... that is why we chose to put God first in everything we do. Peter and I gave each other our hearts, our dreams, our past and prayed. We made a decision from the start to put God FIRST in every single decision we made, every choice, everything we choose to support or not support, what we choose to say, spend our time with... it is all focused and comes from God. To me that verse in particular mirrors the image of what a true Godly marriage should look like. By opening our hearts up we are giving that person our trust... we are not perfect people, in marriage you will find (or already know) what i am talking about... as a married couple you will notice more than ever the flaws the other spouse has, their struggles, their triumphs, their imperfections... God see's ours but guess what? He chose to give us GRACE... that is how marriage works, grace must be a part of it!!