Love and faithfulness

Dear friends, greetings in the blessed Name of our Lord Jesus. I trust that the Lord had been blessing you. I believe that God has blessed all of you with stable and loving families. Yet I know that there are some out there that are struggling to find love and faithfulness. I had read a story about an American man and woman who were married for over 75 years and passed away recently in quick succession in their late 90s. I was telling myself, “man, that’s got to be true love!” Since I’m a single middle aged man, I won’t pretend to understand the complexities of human relationships, nor will I preach about them. There are Christian marriage counselors and psychiatrists out there who can do a much better job. I only intend to offer some comfort and hope to those that are in broken relationships or marriages.

I will refer to Song of Songs 2:7 for this writing. This is one of the most romantic and poetic books that I can find in the Bible. Many scholars have attributed a spiritual twist to these verses and likened it to the love between the church and the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s great and I have no problem with that. To me it’s obvious that this is a love story, told poetically, of a man and his beloved (bride). The last part of the verse states:”…. Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” If we followed that advice, all our relationship problems would be solved. If we allow God to prepare us to give and receive love, wait for his good time and let Him engineer circumstances, then all our relationship failures or problems would end.

Let me tell you about another love story. Let’s now turn to Exodus 2:15-21. This is the story of Moses meeting and marrying Zipporah. Moses fled from the Egyptian Pharaoh to Midian and, tired from his long journey, sat by a well. God’s Providence had Zipporah and her sisters come to that same well for watering their flock. We all know the rest of the story. Moses fights the shepherds, drives them away, rescues the women, waters their flock, and dines with their father Reuel. The deeply grateful Midianite priest then offers his daughter to Moses in marriage (I thought Charlton Heston did a terrific job playing Moses in the Ten Commandments). These apparently haphazard or bizarre circumstances are not random at all, but preplanned by Almighty God. Moses, like anybody, probably wanted a wife. But it had to happen God’s way and in God’s time. Now, here comes the wonderful part of it all. Moses was not disappointed with God’s will!

I can cite any number of examples of how God brought lovers together: Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24), Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 2) and so on. The point I’m trying to make is, if we give God a chance, and not try to work things out ourselves, we’ll be more at peace and successful in His will. Now, I’m not going to quote passages from the Bible where the Lord Jesus explained divorce to the Pharisees, or how the Apostle Paul espoused the virtues of remaining single, as all of you know those scriptures and it’ll only sound redundant and religious. It’ll also not do much good if I quoted the wonders of God’s love and how the Lord Jesus, though He was single, lived a full and complete life of perfect intimacy with the Heavenly Father.

If you are yet to find love, or have lost love, or were betrayed, I only wish to say my friend that your Heavenly Father knows what you need before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8, Matthew 6:32). If your love was shattered by a painful divorce and feel that you’ll never find love again, then I’ll only say that all your “fountains of life are in Him” (Psalm 87:7).

I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will use this writing to comfort you. God bless.

Dear friends, I’m quite certain that all of you are sanctified, Holy Ghost baptized saints. Should there be any among you that don’t know the Lord yet, I pray that the Lord of the Universe will set you free from sin and disobedience into His glorious light and freedom. Amen.

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