Conntecting the Dots

Of Brides and Bridegrooms

God’s love for us supersedes our wildest imagination. This morning I discovered a nugget in Isaiah that says He rejoices over us as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (62:5b). Wow – think about that word picture!

Last month I had the opportunity to attend a family member’s wedding. When the pastor pronounced the couple as Mr. and Mrs., the new hubby’s smile lit up the room and his eyes spilled tears of joy. His love for his bride was obvious to all. He delighted in her, he was captivated by her beauty, and no doubt he couldn’t wait to whisk her away to celebrate their wedding night.

I must admit I’ve never really thought about God’s love for me in those terms. In fact, based on this verse, my understanding of His love has been a little warped or shallow. Why else would I think I have to perform well to earn His favor? Why else would I be afraid to say yes when He gives me an assignment? Why else would I ask forgiveness for the same sin over and over and over?

Scripture says God rejoices over me like a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. That makes me wonder…do His eyes light up when I put busyness aside to spend time in His presence? Does He smile when I tell Him that He’s wonderful? Does He spill tears of joy when I walk by faith because I trust Him? Does He long to be intimate with me, and me with Him? If Isaiah’s word picture is accurate, then the answer is yes.

This one nugget is so rich and deep. I think I need to ponder it, meditate on it, relish it…and let it change my life. How about you? What thoughts come to mind when you think about this word picture that describes God’s love for you?

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