by: carole l. haines
Always a bridesmaid, never a Bride. We’ve heard it said, perhaps we have said it ourselves. Sometimes maybe we have even felt that way. Why do other people’s lives seem to turn out great, but mine seems to be always teetering on the brink, of what I do not know, just teetering? Why did God make me like this? Couldn’t He have made me more Beautiful/handsome? Perhaps I wish I were more talented, less limited. Why does 1% of the population seem to get 80% of the talent. Most of us feel extremely ordinary. Most of us do not grow up to become writers, athletes, actors, artists, CEO’s. Most of us live ordinary lives, with what may look like little excitement in them, at least to those looking in from the outside. We feel like we have been cheated somehow, you know, always the bridesmaid never the Bride.
But God does not see as the world sees, He does not measure worth as they do. Here is what He says:
As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
(Isaiah 62:5b NASB)
God rejoices over each and every one of His Children. All of us who have trusted in Jesus as our Savior, are Children of God. We are all His Bride; and He rejoices over each of us.
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason, the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1 NASB)
We will never again be second fiddle, ordinary, plain, or insignificant. God calls us His Bride. We are His prize, His Beloved. God Himself rejoices over us, exults over us. The Bible says He sings songs over us in the night. How Precious our God is, how Beloved our Bridegroom. The world may call us one thing, but Jesus has overcome the world, and He calls us His own. Let us rejoice and be glad in the precious Heritage we now have in Christ. He is more real than anything we see in this world.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. (Revelation 22:17 NASB)