Coming for His Bride
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Currently I am writing my way through Judges sharing glimpses of God's heart and character for a weekday devotional. To check out the entire series so far head on over the the Judges Devotional. And if you are a blogger, come on over on Friday's for a blog hop.
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'Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, "I'm going to my wife's room." But her father would not let him go in. "I was so sure you thoroughly hated her," he said, "that I gave her to your friend. Isn't her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead." Judges 15:1-2
Samson came back for his bride and father in law knew he was in trouble. Ever been there? Done something you knew wasn't right but thought you could get away with it. Chose the most beneficial way for you though it meant breaking your word and lacking integrity. Samson had made the payment, paid bride price, and after time had passed he returned for his bride. Father in law is caught and tries to make restitution by offering his youngest daughter. I can't help but think of Cambodia, where parents use their daughters to bail them out of their own sin by offering them to strangers for sex to pay for their gambling and alcohol debts.
And like Samson returns for his bride, so will Jesus. Jesus, the bridegroom has already paid the bride price and will return for us. Will we be found like Samson's father in law, living to get as much pleasure for ourselves at the expense of doing what's right. Or will we be found like a pure bride adorning herself, looking forward to His arrival. He is coming and His reward is with Him. There will be a real life literal day when we will see Jesus coming to redeem and restore. A real life day when Jesus will come in the flesh for His bride. A groom, ready for the big day, excited about His bride and the days ahead, excited to show her what He has prepared for her. The day will come friends... literally.
But for now if we don't have a clear picture of heaven, we'll have a distorted view of what "fix your eyes on what's to come" means. How can we really get excited to go somewhere we don't have a clear picture of? If we think heaven is going to be a bunch of nothingness, light, floating and singing all day with harps, well it's just not the picture Scripture paints of heaven. Check this out, it will hopefully expand your view of heaven which will build anticipation of how awesome it's gonna be. And that my friend fosters an eternal perspective and helps us fix our eyes on what's to come.
Have you got a chance to hear about what's happening on Thursday and read Failure, Wisdom and the Glory of God yet?
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Hi Laura. :-) Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder of how much Jesus has to suffer to save us. For leading me to your beautiful post about what Heaven is like. And for reminding me that Heaven is a beautiful place to look forward to. Thank you, because this was very uplifting. God bless you, Laura. :-)
A great reminder to fix my eyes on what's to come!! And to be in ACTIVE pursuit of adorning and readying myself for Christ. All of it is so so so good.
3/13/2012 06:50:44 am
This is a picture of Lent for me. Preparing my heart for Easter, awaiting His resurrection. Nice to meet you through On My Heart at Shanda's place.
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