Then I heard what sounded like a crowd, like the sound of a roaring waterfall, like loud peals of thunder. I heard them say, “Praise God! For the Lord, our Almighty God, is King! Let us rejoice and be glad; let us praise his greatness! For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself for it. She has been given clean shining linen to wear.” (The linen is the good deeds of God’s people.) Revelation 19:6-8
I’ve stood at the edge of Niagara Falls watching the water fall and hearing the mighty roar of it’s falling. I’ve stood in a stadium, listening as the crowd roared and cheered when the concert ended, wanting more. But my friend, imagine that amplified a kazillion times when all of heaven cheers at the announcement, “My Son is getting Married today! His bride is ready!”
Many of us are waiting, hoping, wondering, longing to hear those words. Are we ready? Truly ready? Or is that what He’s waiting for, a bride who is ready, spotless and white, occupying until He comes. Are you speaking His Word, doing good deeds, righteous deeds for others?
I have a dear friend who is getting married today in a private ceremony. I’ve watched her this past year as she’s prepared herself for her love. I’ve also met her betrothed and I can tell you, he’s definitely a keeper! But when I spoke with her on Monday, she voiced her hearts cry to me which should be all of ours, that this relationship not come between her and Jesus. She said she would rather walk away then allow that to happen.
That stirred me and I’ve thought about those words all week and echo that; may I have the courage to step away from anyone or thing that would try to separate me from the love of Jesus. There can be no substitute, no hinderances as we continue to run our race toward the finish line. If those around us aren’t cheering us on, if they’re trying to keep us in their comfort zone, convince us we should take a break or rest, we must walk away and continue the race without them.
Father, I want to be ready, spotless and pure, running toward You! My heart longs for and follows hard after You! You alone are worthy to receive glory and honor and praise. I love You immensely. I long for You deeply.
Today as I reach up my hands to touch Your finger tips, may I feel You envelop me with Your arms, holding me close to You. May I feel Your heart beat as You breathe on my neck giving me strength to finish well.
You are more real to me then anything I could see or feel in my natural realm. I do love You. You will return for me and that is enough for now. I will wait and in my waiting, I will be faithful to You and Your Word. I will listen closely when You speak and be quick to move as You lead.