Revelation 19; Isaiah 5-6; Psalm 109:20-31
Marriages are times of great celebration! We rejoice with the bride and the groom as their relationship begins a new phase. They are now supposed to work together in unity as one. When God wanted to describe that final union between Jesus and His people, He used that idea to explain what our time with Jesus would be like. “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’” (Revelation 19:6-7) What a glorious time we have to look forward to! At the same time, as we live in the here and now; as we live in the engagement period we must keep our hearts and minds focused on our relationship with God. The Scripture talks about the the wife of the Lamb, whom we know as the Church, who has made herself ready. That’s our job now. As Christians working in our own churches, we are to guide our individual churches to honor Christ. As our individual churches grow closer to Christ, we are to influence the Church, the Bride of Christ, to be ready for the wedding feast. Yes, the Church has problems. True, we have conflicts and disagreements. Still, there will come a time when we are united as one in Jesus as celebrate the marriage of the Lamb and the Church. Until that time – keep focused on Jesus.
Lord, we are going through difficult times in the Church. We have family squabbles and disagreements. Insofar as it depends on me, though, let my life reflect my relationship with You. Let my relationship with You reveal Your love and grace to a world that needs Your power.