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Married to God
by Jennifer Jerrome
"For your Maker is your husband- the Lord Almighty is his name." (v. 5)
I know a few people who feel that God as “bridegroom” is an odd concept, but this reference is made numerous times in the Bible. The idea of being married to God may seem a little strange, but who better to be in a life-long covenant with?! Who better to spend your life with?!
God loves us so much he wants to be in a committed and exclusive relationship. God will never desert us. This is a comforting thought considering He is often portrayed as less than forgiving in the Old Testament.
Today’s passage from Isaiah demonstrates a shift from an irate God to one of deep compassion.
"In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer." (v. 8)
Change is evident. "So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again." (v. 9) The hostile tone gives way to a God who loves us beyond measure.
The very last verse is one of comfort and mercy… "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you." (v. 10)
The image of Jesus as bridegroom is similarly repeated throughout the New Testament. He is the ultimate husband – loving, considerate, gentle, selfless, and kind. I pray we’re all able to experience a relationship with the Father and Son that fills our souls.
Lord, thank you for your boundless compassion and everlasting kindness. May your positive inspiration serve as a guide for our earthy relationships because we all deserve love beyond measure. Amen