Thought for the Day #215

 

FOREVER BETROTHED

 

 

Hosea 2:19-20 (New American Standard Bible)

I will betroth you to Me forever; 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.

 

One of the most grievous things to bear is that feeling of unworthiness and rejection.

 

Many, who try to live a good life and faithfully love the Lord, are fearful that they are unacceptable for His kingdom. Certainly, none of us are capable of earning the love of God. We can never work hard enough to earn a place of privilege. Good intentions are destroyed by failed effort. Loneliness becomes our companion.

 

God does not want this to be so. He has given his only begotten son, Jesus the Christ, for our redemption. He never looks upon those who have been converted as unworthy or unclean. All of the work of the Atonement is applied to everyone who has repented and been baptized according to Acts 2:38.

 

We are cleansed by the shedding of His blood and justified by His sacrificial offering at Calvary. He has made us new and alive. Our Heavenly Father looks upon us as clean and pure. He has given the righteousness of Jesus to us. He claimed us as his own.

 

He loves us so much that he has betrothed us to be the bride of his son, Jesus. Yes, our commitment to Christ through repentance and water baptism enables us to become the bride of Christ. We are pure and chaste; acceptable and to God.

 

The prophet Hosea describes that wonderful day when the Bridegroom shall return for his bride. He speaks of a time when we shall be with Him forever. We shall be clothed in His righteousness, secure in His perfect judgment, bathed in His loving kindness and blessed by His tender mercies. We shall know his faithfulness forever.

 

We can rest in quiet confidence that our Heavenly Father has accepted us, as his own. He is grooming and preparing us to be the bride of his only begotten Son. We are the people of His Kingdom, the most precious gift to be presented to our soon coming king. We should never feel alone or unworthy; but, filled with great anticipation of His return. Let us rejoice and be glad for we shall never be alone.

 

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for my feelings of loneliness and despair. Help me to remember that I am never alone. You are always with me. I want to keep my faith strong and abide in your Covenants. May your Holy Spirit guide me and help me to prepare for the return of my Lord. I want to know Him as he really is. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.