Tuesday, February 28, 2012

40 Days of Virtue: Your Maker Is Your Hubby!

"Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life."
Proverbs 31:11-12

After "Taking a Second Look" at this woman of virtue yesterday, let's take a second look at her hubby through that same lens of Isaiah 54:5:
"For your Maker is your husband— the LORD Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth."
How does this change the interpretation of Proverbs 31:11-12? Should it be any different than if we were speaking of a human companion? Let's break this down...

He has full confidence in her.
He, as in HE! the Lord!! Yes, HIM! He trusts this woman who is Godly and virtuous; this woman who has vowed to love Him with all her heart and soul, mind and strength. He is trusting her with His infiinite and perfect love!
  He trusts that she will keep Him first in her life and not turn her heart to idols.
  He trusts that she will continuously surrender her thoughts and her will to Him.
  He trusts that she will reciprocate this relentless trust that He has placed in her. 

He is asking, "Will you trust Me?  Can I trust you to simply trust Me?" 
"Will you trust me in sickness and in health, in the ups and downs of life? When death and disease engulf you, will you still trust me? When the waves come crashing against your lifeboat, even then will you cling to me and allow me to be your Savior?  Or will you turn away and reach for a human hand instead? When your heart is broken, when you feel alone, will you remember that I have never left you and that I will never forsake you?" 
He is asking, "Do you have full confidence in ME?"

He lacks nothing of value.
HELLO! Do I hear an "Amen!", Sister? 
This Bridegroom lacks NOTHING! He is complete. He is the only one of whom we can accurately breathe that famous sensuous line, "He completes me."  Girlfriend, in this marriage relationship, we bring only our meager nothingness because "He lacks nothing." Isn't it so freeing to know that He lacks nothing because He is EVERYTHING, rather than because we have to fill Him?

He is asking, "Will you receive Me? Will you allow Me to be all that you need? Will you allow Me to fill you with more of ME and less of you? Will you allow ME to COMPLETE YOU?"
He is saying, "I am All that you need."

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
You might be asking, "How could I do anything to harm God?"
And, now you may end up wishing you hadn't asked that question, after answering these questions...
  • When was the last time you cursed or used His name in vain? (Yes, even an "Oh My ___!")
  • Have you gossipped, lied, cheated, told a dirty joke, said something to hurt someone else, or to elevate yourself?
  • Do you dress provocatively? Is your mind consumed with bringing atttention to yourself?
  • Do you have addictions in your life, things that you love more than God: food, shopping, relationships, substances, pornography, exercise, gambling, television, your emotional wounds, your "stuff"?
  • How do you treat your neighbor? How do you treat those that you don't understand? How do you treat others? Do you follow His command to love?
  • Are you forgiving of others?
  • How do you serve others? Who do you serve? Do you give? Do you tithe?
  • Are you a true reflection of God's unconditional love and grace in this world? Without a political agenda? Without bias? Without any other motive other than to participate in the manifestation of God's glory here on earth?
  • Do you spend time with Him? Is He first in your daily life?
  • Do you do what He asks you to do? Do you listen to His still small voice; are you obedient to His leading? 
  • Are you totally abandoned to God? Will you allow Him to hijack your agenda?
This may seem like a lot to process! In reality, this list is so small in comparison to the millions of ways we bring harm to the One who brings us love. When we claim that our "Maker is our Husband" without choosing His lifestyle, we not only bring harm to Him, but we prevent  those He loves and even those we love from entering into a relationship with Him. The things we say, the way we live, the way we treat others, our work ethic, and our motivations can either lead people to Him or away from Him.

That's what this season of Lent is all about. It's a time set apart for us to bring all of "ME" into the fullness of all of HIM. It's the willingness to look at our ugly, hidden sins and hand them over to the One who "lacks nothing of value".

Will you set apart time this day to STOP and bring your full attention to your Maker...
To LOOK deep within yourself, at your beliefs about Him, your behavior toward others...
And LISTEN to His voice of corrrection and direction.
Journal this process. Renew your covenant with your Maker.

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me,
“Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”
~Revelation 19:6-9NIV



2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Cindy. This is exactly what the Lord has been teaching me. It is profound and life-changing and your words flow over me with His confirmation!

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    1. That's so awesome, Rogera. Thanks for sharing and for being His!

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