Thursday, December 15, 2016
"On Fire": (VIDEOS) You're the 'BRIDE OF CHRIST' Either Way
"'Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused,' says your God. "---Isaiah 54:4-6(NKJV)
I've never been big on "Jesus is my boyfriend" talk...
To me, it trivializes him, the role that he serves (our boyfriend nor husband is our Savior) and comes off a bit flippant (i.e., disrespectful). At the same time, that doesn't mean that I don't get the parallels that are made in the Word about God being our husband in the lead Scripture here and in Psalm 45. In the New Kings James Version, the title of that chapter is "The Glories of the Messiah and His Bride".
And, as I was praying for the women participating in the future husband prayer project last night, a thought came to me. I've already done some research on why God would call him "our husband" and why the Church is the "bride of Christ" (Matthew 25 is a great parable about this). The Godhead are not to do for us what a human man---a flawed human man, at that---is to do. However, they do provide, protect, nourish and cherish us. AND, they set the standard of what a covenant is to look like so that when our time comes to be joined to our earthly mate, we have a clearer understanding of what the Godhead expects of us and from us.
MARRIAGE IS TO MODEL THE GODHEAD'S COVENANT.
THEY AGREE AS ONE (I JOHN 5:8).
A HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE TO BECOME ONE (GENESIS 2:24-25).
When I was taking all of this into account, I saw some videos of men crying (or being flat-out thrilled!) as their bride was coming towards them in a whole new light (Psalm 18:28). And then, another verse in Scripture revealed itself in another fashion:
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and [refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls."---Matthew 11:28-29(NKJV)
Take 6 does an awesome vocal arrangement of these verses:
I can only imagine how much *less anxious* (Philippians 4:6-7) and *less worried* (Matthew 6:25-34) we would be, about marriage and everything else, if we stopped going to the Lord so much about a man (or whatever else we're desiring), and simply came to him and allowed him to put our souls to rest. In rest, burdens are lifted (keeping his commandments makes life less burdensome too, by the way---I John 5:3), and he is able to speak to us about our purpose, worth and value. We can trust that as we spend more time with the Lord and learn to *really and truly and divinely trust him*, we can REST in being a bride. Either way.
AND THAT caused me to look at these men crying (or being full of joy) at the sight of their wives-to-be in such a profound way. When a woman *chooses* to marry a godly man, she should be seeing Christ-like characteristics in him. Shouldn't we all believe that when we *choose* to come to the Lord with all that concerns us (I Peter 5:6-7) that he too is moved? That he also finds us to be precious and beautiful in his sight? That he also sees us as extremely valuable?
I encourage you to think about this as you watch these videos below. Until the time comes, if God so chooses it's best, for you to be joined to your beloved (Genesis 2:22), *walk towards the Lord*. He's ALWAYS going to love you better than ANY MAN can. And the Word assures that he will provide rest unto your souls...until.