The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Isaiah 6:1-8

by admin on February 24, 2013 in Relationship, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.  Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’  The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.  And I said, ‘Woe is me!  I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’  Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.  The seraph touched my mouth with it and said, ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’  And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!'” (Isaiah 6:1-8).

Whom shall I marry?  Who would complete me and be right for me?  When will God answer the desire of my heart to have a husband?  What should I be looking for in a husband?

These are all important questions, but they typically stem from an incorrect point of view about marriage: the me-centered POV.  Marriage is more like the picture we see in Isaiah.  In the holy bond of marriage, we see the purity, faithfulness, mercy, and goodness of God more distinctly as we are put in a position to give and to receive grace.  As we see the radiance of God’s glory more vividly, we also see our own depravity more tangibly.  Rather than asking what kind of husband we need, we should be asking what kind of wife can we be to our husband and how can God use us.

With the salvation of Jesus Christ and in the refinery of marriage, our tongues will also be touched by a coal from the altar.  Our sins are blotted out.  We will be made better in marriage when we serve our spouse and live humbly out of our response to the holiness of God.  Then, our marriages will be ones marked with purpose for the Kingdom—God will send you and your spouse.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, my God Almighty, all glory and honor be to You!  You are magnificent and merciful.  I am sinful and in need of a savior.  Jesus, forgive my sins, purify my heart, and make me wholly available to You.  Help me not to seek only what marriage can do for me, but also how I can give to my marriage. Use my husband and me for great purpose in Your kingdom.  Here we are; send us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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