If we are to be devoted to God as though we are married to Him, are you a faithful wife?
“For your Maker is your husband the Lord Almighty is his name
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.”
The prophets in the Old Testament tell of God who longs for us like a heartbroken husband longs for his wayward wife.
God is consistently pursuing us (as a husband should pursue his wife), and in Hosea chapter one, we discover our great whoredom when we forsake the Lord. What does it really mean to forsake the Lord, though?
“You shall have no other gods before [besides] me.”
Sure, we acknowledge the existence of God. Perhaps, we send up a prayer every now and again. But is this what a marriage looks like? Would this kind of one-sided, half-hearted commitment be acceptable between a husband and wife? If this is not acceptable in your human marriage, why is it okay between you and your Creator, your Father, your Savior?
God designed us for an intimate union with Him. Before you misunderstand… know that what He means for us is a true, eternal commitment. How we vastly underestimate God’s passion and love toward us!
Now that we know where God stands – at the end of the aisle, waiting for us, His bride, to walk toward Him to consummate this beautiful marriage, where do we stand?
The definition of a whore in the biblical context here is “an unfaithful wife”.
And we are not whores by accident, rather we intentionally pursue other gods (wealth, prosperity, man’s approval, relationships, etc.) Whether its the promotion at work or the likes on your Instagram, we sometimes place these things higher than God. I am in no way saying that money or success is wicked. However, desiring created things over the Creator is wicked.
We have so many lovers aside from God. And He is jealous for us.
“You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for
I the LORD your God am a jealous God”
“You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous,
is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.”
“For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
Just as a husband does not wish to share his wife with another.
God wants your heart. Your ENTIRE heart.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all
your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
He wants it all – the good, healthy parts of your heart and the sick, ugly parts of your heart. But how can we give that to Him if we are spoken for by our careers/job security, our personal gains in life, and at the very top of the list: our pleasure.
We are unfaithful in our vows to Him. Yet, in actuality, all of our desires and pleasures are fulfilled in Him.
If God is truly down on one knee, proposing marriage, is your response “yes” and do you commit your life to Him?