“You will make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy. In your right hand, there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11
Lord teach me to relax in in your presence; I want to live in your presence and find fullness of joy. I belong to You. Plant that truth deep within my heart; may it break through my thoughts, my words, and my actions. I know there have been times when I have gone after “other” gods just to satisfy my longings. Lord teach me-help me to learn that your love for me, as your betrothed, is unconditional and pure. Teach me to rest in You and to stand upon your promises for me. Father, I know You desire what is best for me, and if I abide in your Word, I will have all I need. Take all my heart; teach me to know You in the deepest and most intimate place in my being. Mold me and shape me to be who You have called me to be. Take me to a different level with You; take me deeper, God. Open my heart and my eyes and speak to me through your Word today.
Life changed forever for Esther; she was a different person. She wore a smile on her face and there was a bounce in her step. She sang while she completed the house chores, and for the first time in a long time, Esther held her head high.
Esther had entered a new chapter in her life; she was now set apart for her groom. Her heart now belonged to Joshua.
Esther replayed the events of her betrothal night over and over; Joshua had kept with Jewish tradition. He had allowed his father to choose his bride, he had sold the family Book of Scriptures to pay her enormous bride price, and he had given her the right to refuse his offer. What love this had shown her! Joshua had given her a most precious gift!
The night he asked for her hand, Joshua had quoted from the book of Hosea, which spoke of betrothal, lovingkindness, compassion, and faithfulness. Joshua’s words had filled her heart; he had said everything her heart longed to hear. His tender words penetrated the hardest parts of her heart; parts she thought could never be reached.
Joshua made a declaration of love to her that night; he had promised to remain faithful and true in his covenant with her. Joshua spoke with such truth and sincerity, she knew she could trust her heart to this kind and loving man. She was free at last.
Betrothed to the Lord
“I will betroth you to me forever; yes, yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in loving-kindness, and in compassion, and I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord.” Hosea 2:19-20
When you open the door of your heart to the Lord, you enter the beautiful state of being betrothed to Him. This becomes your new identity.
Look at our passage again. The word, betrothed”, occurs three times. When God speaks something once, it is important, but when He speaks something three times, it is intense! The Hebrew word for betrothed is “aras”. Each time the word is mentioned, it is expressed as a verb in the “piel” stem, which shows great intensity. In other words, God is emotionally, powerfully, passionately, and wholeheartedly doing the betrothing.
The term, “aras,” means “to pay the price.” It implies a gift is being given “to the bride.” What gift has been given to you, His Bride? He has given you salvation. He has given peace. He has given love and provision.
The book of Hosea deals with an adulterous Israel being pursued by a faithful God. The same could apply to your life and mine. Immersed in sin, we rebelled against our Heavenly Father. Yet, He loves us anyway. God is a loving God, but He also a just God. The bride price for you has been set high. Jesus, God’s only Son, has accepted that price; His love has the power to penetrate the deepest, hardest parts of your heart—if you accept His proposal.
Jesus is passionate about you; you are His heart. He hasn’t just chosen you because He had to take you as His Bride. He didn’t choose you just because His Father made Him choose you. He chose you because He loves you.
Oh how He loves you and me! Jesus will never forsake you or abandon you. Nothing can separate you from His love! What is one thing you will take away from this lesson? Please join the discussion; add your comments below.
Remember, you have been chosen and set apart!