Day 17 Devo - Bridegroom

We have seen God's love for us as a Father for His children, and as a Faithful Friend willing to humble Himself and die for us.  God's love is also represented many places throughout the Bible as the love of a groom for his bride.  Jesus is our eternal husband, and we are to be His bride.

" I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.  I will betroth you in faithfulness..     (Hosea 2: 19-20)

The intimacy that God wants to have with us is like the intamacy of a perfect marriage, with no shame and no fear, and with no unfaithfulness or division.  In the same way that a good husband loves and cares for his wife and protects her, Jesus cares for His church.  Just as a man and his wife are said to become "one flesh" (one body) in the unity of marriage (Genesis 2:24) , we are called to become one with Jesus forever.  In many ways, our relationship with Jesus is very much like a marriage. 

• Read Ephesians 5:22-32.  Notice the different ways the writer compares the relationship of a man and his wife to the relationship of Christ and His church.

Point to Ponder:

The marriage comparison is another way that God wants to show us the depth of His love for us, and the intimate unity He longs to have with us.  Sometimes we wrongly think of God as having a more indifferent attitude, as if He were simply saying: "If you want to come, I am here".  God's attitude toward us is much more than that.  Jesus deeply desires our love , and longs to hold us close to Him!!  He rejoices over us like a groom rejoices over his bride.

...As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you...       (Isaiah 62:5b)