Here’s a photo of my groom looking at me over 18 years ago.
Recently, I had the privilege of being in a beautiful wedding. The bride, arm in arm with her father, came toward her groom beneath the shade of tall pine trees. As she walked down the path, all eyes fixed on her.
But mine wandered back to the groom. A look of wonder painted his face.
The David Crowder Band sings a song that played in my head as I watched the wedding. It’s called, “How He Loves”. The first line of the song rings out,
“He is jealous for me…”
2 Cor. 11:2
“For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.”
Marriage is one of the most sacred examples of Christ’s love for the church, also known as The Bride.
But as Christ’s bride, we have a perfect husband. He won’t leave, forget His vows, become distracted, or lose interest. His jealous love will be as strong a thousand years from now, as it is on the wedding day.
“For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”
Even if you have never been married, you are rejoiced over. You are loved as a treasured bride because you have a perfect groom!
Are you encouraged by that? I am. The next time I’m at a wedding, when everyone turns their eyes toward the bride, I hope you’ll take a peek at the groom. In his face you might just get a glimpse of how Jesus feels about you each moment of every day.
Give all of yourself. Don’t allow your attentions to stray.
He wants all of you.
The jealousy He feels toward us is holy. It’s pure.
Richard L. Strauss, via the web site bible.org shares this perspective on God’s jealousy:
“No man with any moral fiber wants to share his wife with another man, and neither does God. He expects exclusive devotion from her. When she goes after other lovers, that is, when she worships other gods and thus commits spiritual adultery, He is said to be jealous. When the term jealousy is applied to God in Scripture it is usually because His people are worshiping idols. In the second of His ten commandments He warned them not to do that, but they failed to listen to Him.”
Chances are, you aren’t worshipping a graven image in your closet. What are the things that are relevant to you and I in this area? What takes the focus from our Groom and places it on something else?
For me, it’s distraction. I’m distracted by kids, responsibilities, T.V., social media, and selfishness.
I’d love it if you’d share your struggles and thoughts on this with me!
Min the meantime, please know you are loved by a God who wants all of you. He’s the perfect, jealous groom.
Writing in answer to His call,