And I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
How the Holy Spirit whispered these verses several times to me this morning! Twice came the sweet words to my heart seemingly from nowhere.
Reams could be written on them, but for now I just have a few thoughts.
As I look closely at them, it is as if the crown jewel of all the ways the Lord will marry his people is that, he will betroth us in…faithfulness.
Why is this so important? While there are myriads of reasons, right now I am only thinking of one.
God’s promise of faithfulness to us is absolutely necessary; for we must be convinced he can be counted on to carry us through this life and the billows that will eventually come. We must believe he will fulfill every single promise to us and will not let go of our hand.
For, if he failed us in even just one promise, we could never be able to believe him in anything. We would never be able to trust him again.
We must be convinced during really unsettling times that, even if we lose our grip on God, he will never lose his grip on us. He will bring us safely to our heavenly home.
God is true to his promises. He has proven himself faithful to me over many years. And, because God has proven himself faithful to me, well might I advise with the author, Charles Spurgeon, if my dear reader is carrying a heavy load,
Go, sorrowing son (or daughter) of affliction, tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Trust all thy concerns with him who never can be taken from thee, who will never leave thee… even Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.
So, yes, dearest Jesus, we ask you to help us believe in your faithfulness! For many have failed us and it can be hard for us to believe.…Help us rest today and tonight upon your mighty faithfulness. And, if need be, let us we pour out our souls upon your sweet heart, for you have promised us,
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness
You never turn away a soul in need who cries out to you!
Hosea 2: 19-20; 2: 20