The Proposal of a Lifetime

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I was listening to the radio in the car the other day when my ears perked up at the word, “proposal.” I don’t know why, but I immediately thought of Jesus. Then, like a bolt of lightning,  I had this wonderful revelation:

The Courtship
When Jesus entered space and time, the courtship began. During his 33 years on earth, He “wooed” the people around Him. He healed them and ministered to them. He fed them and led them closer to God through His words and teachings. In His greatest act of love, He laid down His life and died for all mankind. However, before he left, Jesus “popped the question.” He asked anyone who was interested to: “Come and follow Him.”

The Proposal
Jesus left us with a decision to make, and for 2,000 years, men and women have been answering the simple question: Do we follow Jesus with our whole heart, or do we follow the evil one of this world instead? Jesus is waiting, but instead of a ring, He holds eternity in His hand, essentially asking, “Do you take me to have and to hold until death and forevermore?” His hand is outstretched to yours. The question is, “Will you say ‘I do’ to His proposal?”

The Marriage Feast
Revelations 19:7-9 reads:
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!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

When the King of Glory comes (on a white horse no less), He will clothe His bride in white. His bride will be rescued and redeemed once and for all. At that time, there will be a great celebration for all who had accepted His proposal. We will sit at His table at the “wedding supper of the Lamb” and dine with Him for all eternity.

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Will you, loved one, accept His hand and give yourself to Him to have and to hold, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, through sickness and health, to love and to cherish until the Great Banquet Feast?

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (NIV).

If you prayed that prayer, I say to you with great joy: “Welcome to the family!” Your name is on the guest list and your place at the table has now been set.

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Actively Waiting

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No matter what stage of life we are in, it would seem as if we are always waiting for something. A better job. Greater opportunities. A miracle. Surely, you have heard the verse that encourages us to “wait on the Lord,” but what should waiting on the Lord look like?
Is it sitting in a dark room waiting to hear a voice from Heaven?
Is it just going through the motions of everyday without joy, without contentment?

When I think of God, I think of a Being who is always active, One who is always moving, creating, molding, and shaping the world around us. So, when we are asked to wait, I cannot imagine that it would be boring, mundane.

Actually, when you look at the  word “wait” in Psalm 37: 34, you see that it means to “look for”, “to expect”, “to hope.” Waiting is anything but inactive. I believe that waiting is actually the most exciting, most rewarding, most demanding time of a person’s life. If we look closely, we can come to understand that this is when God is doing the most personal and most extensive work in our lives.

The reason that we so often miss the importance of waiting is because these are the pieces of the Bible that are left out. We usually get caught up in the “things” men and women in the Bible did. Noah and his ark. Moses and the parting of the sea.  We look at that and say, “I want to do that! I want to have a purpose like Noah or lead like Moses!” Our eyes automatically focus on the accomplishments simply because the Bible doesn’t spend too much time focusing on the day to day lives of these great men and women. No doubt, they had to get up in the morning, brush their hair, pick out their outfit for the day, get the kids ready, and so on. Yet, the time between their birth and their calling was filled with much anticipatory “waiting.” The times not shared with us are the times God spent building their character and readying them for the “big stuff,” the life-changing stuff. In the meantime, He had to teach them about obedience, faithfulness, and trust; and as we all know, these are the qualities that take the most time to cultivate.

God could move our mountains tomorrow and give us everything that we desired, but would we be ready for it? Would our foundations stand strong under the pressure of the promise? Only He would know, which is why… we wait. Instead, I urge you to cherish this time, relish in the opportunity to delight yourself in the Lord and get close to Him because your promise will come, and the last thing He would want is for you to fall under the pressure.

I leave you with this verse from Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Wait.
Be strengthened and encouraged in the Lord.
So, when the time comes, you will mount up.
You will run.
You will soar.