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Have you ever listened to a popular song on the radio that just really hits you? Its meaning is deeper than even the artist really understands and it just speaks to your soul and spirit? That’s what I’ve been feeling lately through Sam’s Smith new song “Like I Can”
Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the salt of your soul
There may be lovers who hold out their hands
But they’ll never love you like I can, can, can
They’ll never love you like I can, can
Wow, how romantic … the new wedding song of the year! Not only is Sam Smith’s voice smooth and the tune a catchy ballad, but what an incredible thing to be able to tell someone: “No one will love you like I can.” What a profound promise! Sam Smith may not even realize the depth of the truth that he is singing.
As I kept hearing this song on the radio, I really felt the Lord speaking to my heart through it. I know it sounds crazy, but God’s Word does say that “The LORD your God…will quiet you by His love, and will rejoice over you with singing,” (Zeph. 3:7) and that God will “put a new song in my mouth” (Ps. 40:3). These verses echoed in my heart and I felt the voice of God singing this over me: “Erin, all the things, ideas and people you chase after… they’ll never love you like I can.” There are so many “lovers” and distractions that tempt to pull us away in this world, but the Lord keeps telling us, “Why are you looking down all the wrong roads for fulfillment; none of that will ever fulfill and no human being will ever love you like I can!”
God told His people this repeatedly in the Old Testament when the Israelites would run after other gods and idols: “They bow down and worship an idol…they set it up in its place, and there it stands. Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer; it cannot save them from their troubles. …Though others may forget, I [the Lord] will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 46:6-7 & 49:15)
“We may not run after golden and bronze idols anymore, but there are plenty of things that vie for our worship, love and attention.”
Let’s take a look at someone’s story in the Bible that might be easier to identify with. Hosea was a man who heard from God and gave those direct messages to the Israelites. See, God has always wanted to communicate with His people, and even though God had brought the Israelites out of slavery, shown them amazing miracles on their behalf and had made a promised to love and provide for them, they still worshiped other gods.
God wanted to show them just what they were doing so He decided to send a visual image, if you will; He asked Hosea to take a prostitute to be his wife and to love her unconditionally, even when she would run away and whore herself out to other lovers and men who treated her poorly. Doesn’t sound like the kind of heavenly mission anyone would want to sign up for, but Hosea did it so the people would see what they were doing to God. In the midst of this visual picture, the people of Israel realized their mistake:
“She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;she will look for them but not find them.Then she will say,‘I will go back to my husband as at first,
for then I was better off than now. …