By: Tim Sader
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. (Revelation 19:7)
After meeting our wedding planner in January the second important thing we needed to do that year was selling our house three hours away from where we decided to live after the wedding. The Spirit of the Lord will abide in the house of those who are righteous. We are made righteous by loving Jesus and following Him. If we do these things we are wise and blessings will fill our homes. A few weeks after putting our house on the market was the first big event to do with our wedding. It was the bridal shower at Sammy’s sister’s house so getting my mom there was also important. The first few days in Summerville Sammy and I just hung out in her room watching movie to relax a little. Since our house was on the market it felt like time to start our house hunt in Summerville. I had searched online listings every day and found some houses on my own that I wanted to see. I made a list of four houses for us to see and emailed them to Bob our realtor for buying a new house. Two of them had pending offers so he found a few others that he would take us to. That Saturday we picked up Sammy and her nephew Zachary and met Bob at the first house. It was the one I liked most but inside the finishes didn’t have the quality mom was looking for. The second house we looked at was in the ideal location but it was too small and needed a lot of work. We looked at one more house near downtown and looked at a model home in a new neighborhood. After looking at houses we were hungry so we went to a place called Five Loaves for a late lunch. Sunday was the big day for Sammy to have her bridal shower. All ladies were coming to the shower so I didn’t feel right being there but needed help available to me. We asked Zachary if he would come and bring his Xbox so we could play videogames in the room while the ladies did their thing. As things were winding down I joined them; I also brought Zachary his groomsman gift since he wouldn’t be at the bachelor party. I gave him and all my groomsmen one talent of pure silver I bought from a friend who designed a coin for investors. The next day we were headed to York again in hopes our house would sell before the wedding.
One thing about weddings I didn’t realize is the amount of time and energy that goes into making that day great. Part of those preparations is a series of parties that lead up to the big day. These preparations are what the church is working on. We are a bride preparing for the bridegroom and He will not come until we are ready for Him. That is the time for us to rejoice and be glad giving the glory to the Lord. When King Xerxes was looking for a new queen for his kingdom he gathered all the finest women in all the land. Before they could be presented to him they were required to go through 12 months of preparations and beauty treatments. Six month treatments involved oil of myrrh and another six months of perfume and make-up. This is how they prepared a future queen so she could marry the king. When leaving the harem she was given anything she wished to take with her to the king’s palace (Est. 2:12-13). When we are united with our bridegroom our inheritance will be great and it will be ours for eternity. On the lips of the bride is sweetness as a honeycomb; milk and honey are under her tongue. The fragrance of her garments is a smell that we desire (Sg. 4:11). The Lord our groom is waiting for us to talk right and act right so that our aroma is pleasing to Him. Then the bridegroom will come out of His chamber rejoicing like a champion who has run His course (Ps. 19:5). The Lord will rejoice when the church becomes a bride properly prepared for the coming of our King. At the bridal shower we received many nice gifts that would make life a little better when we were finally ready to live together as one. Because of proper preparations each step of our wedding was fun, beautiful and a huge success.
Lord help us to rejoice in anticipation of your return by giving you the glory as we make ourselves ready to be your beautiful bride. Lord I ask that you would lead the church into making the preparations that will be pleasing to you. Help us to talk right and act right so that the beauty of our aroma is refreshing to you. You are the champion of our faith Lord. You laid down your life because you love us and want to be with us forever. Help us to do our part so that we will make you rejoice over us. In Jesus name, Amen.
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