I Will Betroth Thee

21 Oct

 

I had been contemplating what it is to be in a love relationship between two people who are sinners and who will continue to fail each other time and again, even unintentionally. Then my thoughts switched to what it is like to be in a love relationship with One who is perfect and who is Love personified.

I was given a Christian bridal book by a friend a couple of days ago and something jumped out at me that I would like to share, in hopes that it may encourage your heart to yet again fall more deeply in love with Jesus. 

We, as young Christian women, wait many years (some wait longer than others) for that special moment when our hearts are won over in love and given to a man who becomes our husband. We eagerly anticipate the grand moment of saying “yes” when we are asked to become his fiance, his betrothed, his lover, his wife. We dream of this big day and imagine what it will be like and how we will feel. Yet, we often forget that we, who have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, have already been called and chosen as a royal diadem in the hand of our Saviour, our Heavenly Bridegroom.

Hosea 2:14 describes the relationship in its early form. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.”  The Lord looked down from heaven and had compassion on us as sinners and wanted to give us new life in Him. He knew we would be fulfilled and complete being His very own.

So, He began to allure us and win us over to Himself by His love and mercy. He gave the ultimate sacrifice just to save us and give us the gift of complete satisfaction and fulfillment in Him. He wooed us to Himself and brought us to a place where we found peace, contentment, and freedom; a place we could have only dreamed of; a place of rest. And as He was leading us and guiding us by His hand, He spoke words of comfort and sweet nothings of pure and undefiled romance. He won our hearts over to Himself when we were in a state of sin, hardness, and misery. He saw through our failures and wanted us all to Himself for His honor and glory. He placed within us a desire to seek after Him and to know more of His saving grace.

Then if this wasn’t glorious enough, the best was yet to come. In verses 19-20, our Lord takes us as His very own. “And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.” 

We have now officially become His own. We have taken on the new man and are “free from sin” (Rom. 6:18). We belong to Him forever and have the privilege to serve Him and glorify Him all our days. We are given the opportunity to strive to please Him and advance His kingdom on this earth. Just as a wife seeks to promote her husband and make him known in the gates (Prov. 31), we have a calling to be all we can be for our Heavenly Bridegroom. 

He loves us with an all-consuming passion and desires us. We are tender and only beloved in His sight. We are represented as His fair ones and can sit down under His shadow with great delight (Song of Solomon 2:3). In every need, in every circumstance, through tears and joy, during pain and gladness, our Beloved is there through it all. 

He betrothed us in many ways that swept us off our feet: (these are expounded in the Strong’s concordance)

in righteousness – it was in a just manner and in a good and moral way

in judgment – an act and a place (representing a time we accepted His proposal), a disposing of the old man

in lovingkindness – through His favour, mercy, and pity; rarely reproof (signifying how He remembers our sins no more and casts them as far away as the east is from the west)

in mercies – in utmost compassion and tender love as a mother cherishes and nurtures the child within her womb

and in faithfulness – through moral fidelity, stability, and truth.

So next time, you begin dreaming of what it will feel like to be swept off your feet and sent soaring above cloud 9, think of what your own one-of-a-kind romance with the King of Kings is like. It surpasses all that your heart could ever desire or need. After all, Christ is the Author of romance and is the perfect representative of true Love. He loves you like no other!

I encourage you to continually cultivate your relationship with Him and put effort into making it vibrant and alive. Spend time sharing your heart with Him, listening to Him, obeying Him, and being readily available just for Him. He calls us to come away so that He can see our countenance and hear our voice. He desires us, wants us, yearns for us, and rejoices over us – His very own love. 

All relationships do take work, time, and effort; yet, where love resides all desire to advance and thrive in them will take utmost priority. “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it” (Song of Solomon 8:7). 

To be loved by our Lord, is indeed a thought incomprehensible but to be His chosen bride – that’s just not a fairy-tale romance but a living dream come true!

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6 Responses to “I Will Betroth Thee”

  1. William Stewart October 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm #

    A wonderful article, Baby! I’m so glad God loved us enough to win us to Himself. May we be always be faithful to Him and His calling.

    And I’m thrilled I’m the one who has the privilege to win your heart! I love you!

  2. Melody October 22, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    Oh Sara, isn’t our Savior just beautiful? Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts – they really encouraged my heart to continue to serve and please my King.

  3. Katie October 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    Thank you Sara… What a great reminder…. We have such a great and loving God….. Thank you for sharing this with us… I love reading your blog!!!!

  4. caroleecanaryislands October 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    Very nice and well written article Sara. Encourages all of us to remember who we are espoused to, and anticipate that day when our faith shall be sight.

  5. !April Olivia! October 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    This is a beautiful post Sara! It has really encouraged me! It is wonderful to think of being married to Christ while you are still waiting to be married to the one He gives you!( and of course after also 🙂 )

  6. Phylicia November 12, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi Sara!
    I am a friend of Kaysie’s but I found your blog through the tag courtship, because I had written a post on it today. You have a beautiful blog and I am so happy for you now that you are engaged! It is wonderful to see a success story — it keeps me going when I get feeling alone.
    God Bless!
    Phylicia

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