On Valentine’s Day I preached on Esther and connected her story with ours; she became the wife of the king who loved her like we did in our conversion to the Lord to become his glorious bride. As the bride of Christ we have a responsibility to submit to his higher position, “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.” [Eph 5:23-24 ESV] Do we submit to Christ in loving devotion?
What kind of bride are we to God? The faithful and loving kind of wife or the unfaithful and rebellious kind of wife? Consider what God said to the nation of Israel, his first bride now divorced, “If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the LORD.” [Jer 3:1 ESV] What kind of bride will you be to God? Is your love pure? Is your devotion singular?
Watching tv the other day I saw a funny story that is relevant to our relationship with God. If our relationship with God is going to deteriorate it will probably happen slowly. Often it happens without our awareness. Satan will chip away at our devotion without our noticing.
High school relationship between two naive kids. The boy named Matt reveals to his girlfriend Sue that his family is moving and he is changing schools. Day one of Matt being away, Sue tells her mother, “Well, Matt and I just talked, and we decided our love cannot be killed. Even though he’s moved away, we’re both committed to maintaining a long-distance relationship. It’s all very adult and romantic, like an Anne Hathaway movie.” Her parents decide to let the inevitable occur naturally.Matt and Sue spend all their free time talking on the phone and texting each other. The next day Sue mentions to her mother, “Last night I fell asleep talking to Matt. It’s tough being the new kid. Lucky, there’s this kind soul in his homeroom named Sheri. Who’s showing him around.” The next day Sue hangs up the phone with a smile and says to her father, “Sheri’s walking Matt to school. Mm. I’m so happy he found her. She is so helpful. She even showed him where the movie theater is.” At this point even her kid brother rolls his eyes at her naivety. The next day she is heard saying to Matt on the phone, “Oh, you’re studying with Sheri? Well, thank her for me for taking such good care of you.” The next day she tells her mother, “It’s so great, ’cause Sheri just broke up with her boyfriend, so she’s kind of lonely, too. But Matt says she’s super funny and smart and pretty, so hopefully, she’ll find someone soon. That way, Matt and I can double-date.” The narrator says, “They say love is blind, but in Sue’s case, love is also deaf…and kind of dumb.” Mother, father, both brothers, and everyone watching the show knows exactly what is going to happen. Finally she barges into a room crying and says, “Matt just called and broke up with me. He says he wants to see someone else, and you’ll never guess who.” With exasperated tones all family members answer, “Sherri…”
Don’t let your relationship with God be a long-distance one. Don’t let a Sherri get in the way. Don’t be like Matt with divided devotion. Love God first and foremost!