Betrothed

This week has not been the epitome of productivity. And it’s not for lacking of things to be done. There was homework due today. And a paper due later this week. And meetings. And friends to be seen. And hours to be spent at work. But I just kept coming back to the lack of productivity. I kept coming back to how that extra hour of sleep kind of crept in. Or that extra chapter in a not-so-necessary book that just needed to be read. Then, like all the best moments, the whisper of Jesus broke through:

“I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.” Hosea 2:19-20

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This week, I was awestruck by something new.

I will betroth you to me.

Yes, ultimately I end up betrothed to Jesus. Which is beautiful, but as I read these words this week, he whispered “Do you see it? Do you see who is the active one here?”

I am not the one doing the betrothing. I am simply a passive part of the righteousness, justice, steadfast love, and mercy. I bring nothing to the table, and Jesus brings all of those things. All of these wonderful things come BEFORE “you shall know the Lord.” This knowing is no action of our own, no prerequisite to Jesus’ love and mercy, or even his righteousness. No, those things are a product of having been claimed by Jesus as his own, his bride, his beloved.

This weekend, our church’s sermon was about marriage and relationships. As a single girl, I definitely didn’t go into the service with the most optimistic outlook about the applicability of this message, but once again, Jesus showed up in my pessimistic mess.

Ephesians 5 talks about wives submitting to their husbands as the Church submits to Christ, and husbands loving their wives as Jesus loves the Church. It might seem simple, but the words hit me like a big yellow school bus: “Jesus laid down his life for his bride before the Church ever submitted to his headship.”

So today, with homework unfinished and scheduled blog post a little behind, hear this: you already have all of Jesus.

Before you do a. single. thing. So the pressure is off.

I will have to do the homework and the paper. And as you see, the blog post is written. But the pressure and stress of them isn’t necessary. When Jesus is all that matters and his affections are already for you, these things will fall into place. And if something falls through the cracks, that’s just going to have to be okay today. Because I am more than the work I do or do not accomplish. Jesus has betrothed me to himself, and I am his beloved. Dear friend, rest in that place today.

Rest in the knowing that his righteousness, justice, steadfast love, mercy, and faithfulness are already yours. “And you shall know the Lord.” There is no prerequisite of being good enough or having enough quiet times. This “relationship status” with Jesus offers full access to the God of the universe who desperately cares for you.

Oh and P.S…. Stay tuned tomorrow for a special Dearly Beloved birthday announcement and follow us on Instagram to get all the details about how we’re celebrating!

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