I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. Hosea 2:19
Every year thousands of men and women get together and get engaged with the intent to get married. They have known each other for some time and have chosen to decide to get married.
The length of the engagement is different for every couple. Some can be very short, within a few weeks of getting married. Others can be several years long before they get married. At times the engagement is also broken off and there is no marriage.
God tells the people of Israel that He will betroth, get engaged to them. This engagement will be forever and done with righteousness and love. He does this because He has compassion upon them.
Just as a couple get engaged love each other and wants to be together forever, God loves people and wants to be engaged to them forever. It was God who has called for the engagement to Him. Without God calling, no person would come to Him, they would stay in their sin and heading for death.
Love, compassion and righteousness is what drives God to want to be together with humans. It is what caused Him to have Jesus come and die upon the cross to make it possible. He is willing to make the commitment to love forever in a relationship with everyone who is willing.
Every believer has to be willing to jump into the long-term commitment of engagement to God. It is not a light thing to do. One cannot change his mind from day-to-day due to circumstances, as many do in this world with their commitments to marriage and relationships.
God will never fail in this relationship, so the believer can walk into it knowing it is real, worth it and forever.
If you are already a believer, you have already gotten engaged to God. The relationship has begun and will never end, as long as you stayed committed to Him.
Just as with relationships on this earth, you will have times of struggle and not understanding of God, but you must remain committed to it. God will never fail you, nor leave you. God is in it for the long run, for eternity. He will always do what is best for His relationship with you because of His great love and righteousness.
Are you committed to your engagement with God?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be engaged in your relationship with God; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will know God’s commitment to you.
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3
It is very common for most people to want to shine. They want to look great before others. People want their hard work recognized and exalted by others.
Many people want to be the best at what they do and receive the honors to go with it. Singers want the number one recording. Actors want to gain the Oscar. The sports player wants the player of the year award. Having these things makes a person shine brightly and will be remembered longer.
As Daniel closes out his book, he is given a vision of the very end of time on this earth. In the end there will be a time of judgement. Those who are wise will shine forever and ever.
In another location in the bible it states that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Doing what God wants is the greatest wisdom that a person can possess. It goes beyond any wisdom that this world can offer, because it is eternal.
The greatest work that a person can do for God is to lead other people to righteousness…to Jesus…to God. Doing that was the entire goal of Jesus when He walked upon the earth and He passed that mission on to every believer.
There are many believers who have taken the step to live for God, but are not moving forward in being wise and leading others to God. They are not striving to be a witness of who Jesus is to this fallen world. This is not true wisdom, nor love of God. It is selfishness to live for self and gain life for one’s own self. He must work to build God’s kingdom.
As a believer you must ask yourself if you are being wise. It is wise to believe in Jesus, but it does not end there. Believing in Jesus will also mean that you will do what He desires.
Jesus wants you to be His witness and point the lost and dying to Him. He wants you to train others up in the ways of God, the ways of righteousness and holiness. To do anything less, is to not fully love God or others.
When you are being His witness and building His kingdom, you will shine like the stars for all eternity.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s heart for other people; that you will be wise in God’s ways; that you will carry out God’s mission for you on this earth; and that you will shine for God in this dark world.