Several months ago one of my friends, Julie, mentioned in our Bible study group what it meant to her for Christ to be her Bridegroom. At the time I was confused. I’d heard all my life about God being our Father, but I’d never heard of Christ as our Bridegroom on an individual level before. I prayed then that God would show me what this idea meant, but He’s been pretty silent on the matter.
Until now. Now, it feels like He’s sat me down by myself, quite literally some days, to begin showing me what this truth means.
Today when I opened my Bible, I thought I was heading to the Psalms, but instead the words in Proverbs 31 leapt off the page.
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. ~ Prov. 31:10-12, ESV
It was like Jesus took my face in His hands and whispered, YOU are precious to Me. “Because you are precious in my eyes and honored, and I love you, I give…” (Isaiah 43:4). Friend, we are precious to Him. Let that truth wash over you. It’s not because of anything we are or anything we do, before all that we are precious, and He gives.
Then I read the next line, “The heart of her husband trusts in her…” Jesus trusts ME? I’d never thought of it that way before. I work so hard to trust Him, but the idea that He trusts me had never occurred to me. Then I realized that, yes, He in fact does trust me. He has trusted me with my family, Jeremy and the boys, and He’s trusted me with the unique set of gifts He’s given me. He entrusts these gifts to us that we may point others back to Him.
Just as I began to panic a little because of the weight of that responsibility, He quieted me, “…a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (Prov. 31:30b). I’m not on my own. I can give to Him, I bring Him good, on His strength and not mine. He only asks that I look to Him and fear Him.
What. a. peace. No matter where you are in regards to your marriage here on earth–good, rocky, or even single–to Jesus, your bridegroom, you are precious, you are trusted, and you are never alone.