The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land. (Hos. 1:11)
One of the most anticipated moments in a person’s life is their wedding day. There are years of preparation before entering a marriage relationship. From the ceremony to building a life together, marriage is predicated on the simple yet profound promise that is shared between the bride and groom and the Father. In its simplest form, the promise is to love the person standing across from them—and every version of that person to come.
This promise is the bonding agent that provides security in the most significant earthly relationship we can experience. As powerful as this relationship can be, it draws strength from God’s unending, unwavering legacy of unbroken promises to his children. Throughout Scripture, we can see examples of God’s faithfulness to his people, but we can also look to our own history and see all the times he’s held up his end of the bargain, even when we haven’t kept up ours.
At times, that knowledge can create feelings of unworthiness. In these moments, it’s important to remember that God’s relationship with us is not transactional. It’s not based on what we can do or provide for him. Our connection with God is based on his love for us. He doesn’t evaluate your actions based on how they fit into his agenda. He sees your heart and its intent to live in honor of that relationship.
Live a life that honors God’s faithfulness to you.
Matt Rhodes is co-lead pastor of Parkside Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He is passionate about seeing people discover and live out the unique call that God has placed on their life.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.