Oh, To Be His Bride!

As I’ve been pondering things  of The Church lately, I went into my devotional time this  morning remembering what a friend said about one of my previous posts.  It had to do with being in the presence of God and How our Jealous God is Jealous for us, His Bride.  Now, there are many, who I have found, will argue what “The Bride of Christ” is.  Some claim it is The Church, some claim it’s us as individuals; I claim it is both; The Body is made up of us all as individuals,  and as we true Christians come together to worship Jesus and give God glory and to live by the Spirit, He guides us in all understanding, and making us more like Him.   So, after reminiscing on that for a minute, I turned to Proverbs, which has always been a bit challenging for me, but today, it seemed to speak right to the core of my being, bringing me back to being His bride and having a desire to serve Him with everything that I am.  There are so many rich lessons in here; some convicting me, and some reminding me that indeed I am pleasing to God.  I won’t pull out my lessons today, but let it speak to you and your heart how ever God intends.  Whether individually or as a body of believers, let us come to our God as His bride and let Him unveil us for His glory!  Jesus come and claim your bride, we’re waiting for you at the alter, longing for our hearts and our entire beings to come together as one. 

Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message)

 

Hymn to a Good Wife

 10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
   and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
   and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
   all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
   and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
   and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
   for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
   then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
   rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
   is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
   diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
   reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
   their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
   and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
   when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
   brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
   and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
   and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
   and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
   her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
   but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
   The woman to be admired and praised
   is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
   Festoon her life with praises!

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6 thoughts on “Oh, To Be His Bride!

  1. Robin – I will pray for you. Believe me, many of us have had problems, heartaches, and disappointments with churches. I don’t know how closely my experiences relate to yours, but I hope your problems rest with the people in church and not the church as Christ’s bride. I’ve had some extremely painful times as a pastor’s kid and now a pastor myself. Maybe I’ll learn a bit more about where you’re coming from as I read your blog, but I’d be happy to continue this conversation any time. Take care and God bless.

  2. Wow Robin, that was awesome. I’ve always read that Proverb with my sights on the future, for how I can be once I get married. But as I read your post, for the first time I took in the words of Proverbs 31 with who I can be as HIS bride. That’s really opened my eyes.

    Thank you for keeping your heart in our King’s hands — and especially for letting us glean wisdom from what He shows you.

    Michelle
    http://handsfrozentothesword.com

  3. I’m not much of a fan of the Message version and so have never read Proverb 31 (part b) in that version before. I really like it and will be putting it up on the wall. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  4. oh and one other thing…a few years ago I heard about a woman who is in the public eye (I can’t remember who it was) she was telling how every day she would be woken up by her father declaring the power of God and reading a proverb. There are 31 of them as most people know and there are generally 31 days in most months, so he read one each day. I decided to do the same and did so diligently for a long time. I found myself growing in ways I never had before. Just an idea if you want to become more closely aquainted with the Proverbs. 🙂 God Bless

  5. I agree with you that we are individually brides of Christ, but also corporately as a church. Seeing God as my Husband in the past year or two has had a HUGE impact on me, and has made me desire to “serve Him with everything I am”, as you said. I love your prayer at the end! Hope you have a blessed New Year!

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