“Fear not for you will not be put to shame; and do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your husband is your Maker, whose name is The Lord of Hosts; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, who is called the God of all the earth.” Isaiah 54:3,4
Lord, would You teach my heart how to receive Your love? You have made a covenant love with me; You have accepted me just as I am. I am no longer shackled by the chains of my shame and humiliation. Disgrace is not my name. You love me with an everlasting love. I am worthy because of Your great love towards me. I am valued because I am your daughter and Your Son’s Bride. I trust You Lord to continue Your work in me so that I will become the spotless, unblemished Bride He deserves. I love You Lord and I lift my voice to worship you. Oh my soul, rejoice! Take joy my King, it what you hear. Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.
He Loves You
Who are you, dear reader? Are you a mother whose heart breaks for her wayward child, a wife whose marriage is in a shambles, a woman clothed with past failures and disappointments, a woman who has been beaten down by someone you love and care for, or a woman who has been rejected and left alone? Are you a Sunday school teacher, a woman who attends prayer meeting faithfully each week, a women’s Bible study leader, or a pastor’s wife? Are you the woman who has a smile pasted on her face when you are falling apart on the inside? Perhaps you are frazzled, frustrated, and fearful. Possibly you have entertained thoughts of suicide. Maybe you are ready to throw in the towel and walk away.
Possibly you are in captivity, or perhaps you are imprisoned by guilt and shame. Many of you are chained to your past, squeezed by the tentacles of fear of rejection. Your heart longs for someone to love you. Still some of you are slaves to your own emotions. You are ravaged by worry, anxiety, rage, and depression.
God knows what you are worth, and He proved it when He gave His only Son to pay the ransom to buy you back from the grips of sin. Jesus willingly paid such a high price for you because He believed in you; and in you, He saw great value. God longs to present you as His beautiful Bride. When you embrace the reality and vision of His plan and purpose for you, and when you truly believe that you are His unique one of a kind masterpiece, you are well on your way to a glorious transformation.
God is the author of your story. Grasping this truth places real hope into your hands. Comfort through the trials of your life is within reach. Think of yourself as the main character. Your life story is a work in progress, and as the main character of His story, you are being transformed. God has allowed you to struggle because He has enormous plans for you, and He intends for your story to have a happy ending.
The Creator of the Universe— the Pursuer of your soul—the Author of your story, has fallen in love with you. You are cherished and you are precious to Him. He desires your love in return. God takes great pleasure in your transformation. You are the apple of His eye. You are His Beloved.
Joshua worked hard for his father in the family business. He was learning the family trade of furniture making. Their pieces were the finest and their craftsmanship could not be equaled. He loved working in the shop alongside his father. His greatest pleasure was watching the wood turn into a fine masterpiece.
The business prospered, but Joshua was expected to pull his own weight, to do his share. Joshua intended to be a successful businessman just like his father. Well known as a determined and honest man, he wanted some day to assume his role as head of the business.
Now that he had turned 25, Joshua knew his father would soon be choosing a wife for him. He often thought of having a house, a beautiful wife, and a house full of children. There were plenty of beautiful girls in the community who would be willing to comply, but he thought of only one woman—Esther. She was beautiful, and when she smiled, the whole room lit up. Many times, he had watched her tending to the younger children; she was kind and compassionate. He knew she would make a wonderful mother.
But being an obedient son, he had already determined to wait for his father to choose. Joshua believed his father was a wise man; whomever he chose would be the right wife for him.
One day while Joshua and his father worked in the shop, Joseph decided to end work early. Joshua knew this might be the day his father would reveal his choice of a bride. Wiping the dust from his apron, he gathered up his tools and with quick work swept the floor and cleaned the counters.
He met his father under their favorite oak tree, where he and his father often read and discussed the Scriptures together. It provided shade form the sun’s hot rays and rest for their tired bodies. Leaning against the familiar trunk, Joshua waited for his father to speak.
“Joshua, first, I want to tell you how proud I am of the man you have become. I want to applaud you for allowing me to choose your wife. I know you have placed great trust in me; and I have placed great trust in the Father to help me make the right choice. The time has come for me to give you my decision.”
Joshua leaned in, focusing on his father’s words.
“I think my choice will surprise you, but I think in time, you will see she is the perfect companion for you.” Joseph paused to allow his words to settle in Joshua’s heart.
“Go on, Father, I am ready to hear your choice,” Joshua said.
Satisfied Joshua was ready, Joseph continued. “Joshua,” Joseph paused to wait until Joshua was looking him directly in the eyes. “Joshua, I have chosen Esther to be your wife.”
Joshua stopped breathing. Had he heard his father correctly? Had he really chosen Esther?
“Yes, my son. I have chosen Esther, the frightened little deer who stays in the shadows of our home. Esther, who can’t finish a sentence without stumbling through it. Esther, the girl who exhausts herself working to be loved and accepted by a family of people who already do. Esther, the one who has so much love to give, and the one who needs so much your love.”
God Chooses the Foolish and the Weak
“For consider your calling, brothers (and sisters), that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things to shame the things which are strong…” I Corinthians 1:26,27
God doesn’t look at us through the world’s eyes; He is not impressed by the world’s definition of power or wealth. Instead, He chose things the world considers to be foolish. He chose those things that were powerless, to shame those with power.
There have been times when I have given in to the lies of the Enemy. I have compared myself to another woman. I have wondered why God had blessed her and had chosen her to have a better life than me. There have been times when I have thought I was not good enough, and I have often felt that God just didn’t choose me. What about you? Have you ever felt this way?
The world tells us if we are not up on our game, if we don’t have the best and latest technology, if we don’t have the cleanest house and the best manicured lawn, if we don’t wear a size 2, then we are losers. Thankfully, in the kingdom of God, it is just the opposite. He has chosen you because you can only boast in him so that His glory alone might be revealed in your life.
God chose you. He knew you, and He chose you. God’s Holy Spirit living inside you has made you holy and acceptable to God by sanctifying you—setting you apart for His holy purpose. You were chosen to be His Son’s Bride. You were specifically and uniquely designed and created to be in an intimate relationship with Jesus. You were created to obey Him and trust Him.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9
You are a royal princess chosen to marry a royal Prince!
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Remember, you are loved!