Lord, I pray for whomever may be reading this. I pray for them to know more about Your great love for them. Plant Your Word deep within their heart, rooting out all lies and replacing them with the truth. Open the eyes of their heart; flooding them with Your Holy light. I pray for them to receive all the love You have for for them; I pray for lives to be transformed.
He Chose You
In ancient Jewish wedding traditions, the father chose the bride for his son. In like manner, Jesus’s bride has been chosen for Him by His Father. You were chosen by God, the Father to be Jesus’ bride, and the best part is, Jesus accepted God’s choice for Him. That choice was you!
God has chosen you to be His Beloved Bride, to live with Him in an intimate love relationship. Unlike, an earthly marriage, this union will never end. Jesus and you will be together for eternity. Jesus is constantly pursuing you, constantly wooing you, constantly courting you to open your heart to His love.
His love is enough.
The Story of Joshua and Esther
Esther came to Joshua’s family as an orphan. Both of her parents had been killed during a great war that had destroyed her entire village. Miraculously, Esther had survived. Since no one in Esther’s family survived the war, her father’s best friend, Joseph, and his wife, Sarah, opened their home to her.
Esther’s father had died while he still owed a huge debt; he had worked hard on their farm, but it never seemed to be enough to settle his accounts. Esther carried this burden in her heart.
Joseph and Sarah had many children, so their home was already full. Joshua, their first born, was a handsome young man; he was tall and muscular, and he had the bluest, kindest eyes Esther had ever seen. He was a wise and determined young man, and his smile could brighten any day. Joshua was well known in his community; he was well respected both at work and at the synagogue. Every mother secretly prayed he would become their daughter’s husband.
Hannah, Daniel, Levi, Benjamin, Rachel, and Samuel were the other children in the family. Joseph’s home was a happy, lively, kosher home where everyone worked hard, played often, and loved much. The day Esther arrived, the family was celebrating Purim. Esther still grieved the loss of her family and childhood home, but she felt comforted by the familiarity of the celebration.
In time, the wounds in Esther’s heart began to heal. She had settled into life with her new family, and the time had come for Joseph to officially adopt her as one of his own. This meant she could never be disinherited; she would share in all the blessings of Joseph’s own children. Once again, Esther was under the protection of a loving father; this gave her hope. She began to open her heart to his love, and she began to trust again.
Esther began helping Sarah with the younger children and Joseph around the yard. She worked hard from sun up until sun down, always trying to please them and win their approval. In her heart, Esther still carried the burden of her father’s debts; she never felt of the family’s love and acceptance.
One day Esther had decided to stay in to help Sarah bake breads to sell at the farmer’s market; everyone was out of the house except for Joseph and Sarah, who were in the family room enjoying quiet time away from the children. They were discussing the children, beginning with the youngest first. When they got to Joshua, Esther heard something that caused her to stop kneading her bread dough. Joseph began to tell Sarah that the time had come for him to choose a bride for Joshua.
This was an important decision. Which one of the town’s beautiful young women would Joseph choose as a bride for his first-born son? Joshua had reached the acceptable age of marriage a while ago; the community had been waiting for Joseph’s announcement. Joshua was the most sought after groom in the community; he was handsome, kind, and considerate, and he was a faithful student of the Scriptures. The girl chosen to be his bride was going to be blessed.
Esther moved closer to the doorway, but remained hidden. She thought she had heard Joseph tell Sarah the name of the girl he had chosen, but she was sure she had misunderstood. She inched her way closer to hear more. Sarah repeated the name of the girl, and Esther’s heart skipped a beat.
“Esther,” Sarah said. “Esther is the one you have chosen for our Joshua. She is the perfect choice. Esther, who has been grafted into our family by adoption, will make a perfect companion for our son.”
“She needs to feel loved and accepted. You and I have done our best to show her how much we love her. We have welcomed her into our home, protected her form harm, and you have taught her how to live as a godly woman,” Joseph said.
“Unfortunately, she has taken the gift of love and acceptance and has tried too hard to please us,” Sarah said.
Joseph nodded. “I know. Sadly, she is still frightened of me and she won’t come close so I can tell her how much she pleases me, simply because she is my beloved daughter.”
Sarah reached for Joseph’s hand. “She doesn’t understand her value and worth. It breaks my heart when I watch her work so hard. I know she carries the heavy burden of her father’s debt with her.”
“She does, but it is a debt she will never be able to repay,” Joseph said.
Sarah nodded her head in agreement. “I have tried to show her how much I love her as a mother, and I have watched you try to show her how much you love her as a father. I am certain she understands this and accepts this in her head, but I am afraid these truths have not reached her heart.”
Joseph watched his youngest children playing in the yard. “You are perceptive my dear wife. Esther is determined to work hard to gain value and be worthy of our love. I have prayed much for her, and the Father has shown me the time has come for her to be in a home of her own. She needs a husband’s love, not just the love of a father, to show true love to her.”
“I agree,” Sarah said. “Our precious girl needs to know how much she is loved, valued, and accepted into this family. Our Joshua is the one who can do this.”
Joseph stood and reached for Sarah’s hand to help her from the chair. “I will betroth her to Joshua, my first-born son and the apple of my eye. Then I will teach Joshua how to spend the rest of his life loving her with a sacrificial love. Then she will understand true love.”
Esther went quickly back to kneading her bread, so they would not suspect she had heard their conversation. Her hands were working the dough, but her mind was thinking about the words she had just heard.
The Heavenly Bridegroom and His Bride
“For I am jealous for you with a godly jealously; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.” II Corinthians 11:2
Your Heavenly Father is jealous for you. He desires for your heart to be His and His alone. You are engaged to Jesus! Right now, at this very moment, God is transforming you into a beautiful, gorgeous bride. You are loved with the passionate, unreasonable, sacrificial love of your Heavenly Bridegroom!
God the Father, has chosen a Bride for His First-born Son.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, and has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” Ephesian 1:3,4
God chose you to be His Son’s Bride! He knows you. He sees you. He knows all your flaws and short comings. He knows what you have done and what you haven’t done, and He still loves you.
You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.” John 15:16
How has God’s Word inspired you today? Do you know He loves you? What goes through your mind when you hear these words, “God loves you and God chose you”? Leave a comment below. Let’s discuss!
Remember, you are loved!