BRIDE: BEWARE! (Bride, Part 2)
- originally published June 14, 2012
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. - Genesis 20:2-3
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened...they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. - Romans 1:21, 25
I've heard it said that idolatry is when we take something good...and make it ultimate. God is our ultimate source of life, security, purpose, joy, wisdom, hope, delight. No thing - and no body - can supplant God. Try putting something else in the place of God and you're headed for disappointment and misery. Why? Because nobody else can meet our deepest needs, satisfy our deepest longings, give us greater purpose or hope or joy. Nobody.
A friend once described idolatry to me this way: "I could never be happy in life without _________. Fill in that blank, and you'll know what your idols are." What would you put in that blank, young bride? Hmmmm. Tough question.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:11, "...I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." Earlier, in Philippians 1, we read this from Paul: "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain....My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better." Now that's a heart rightly devoted to Christ!
Dear bride, a husband is something wonderful to have. A very good gift from a very good God. But a husband makes a lousy deity and an inadequate savior. At this young stage in your life together, it is easy to become completely wrapped up in and focused on the delightful companion that God has given you, even to the point that your world shifts - how easy it is to make your husband the very center of your life's orbit, to put him in a position that only God can fill!
Beware! Don't make your husband an idol! Don't put pressure on your husband to be for you and do for you what only God can be and do. This will lead to disappointment and heartache on your part, and frustration and defeatism for your husband. It will strangle the life out of even the sweetest relationship, begun with great joy and intimacy.
Love your husband. Enjoy him greatly. Respect him and submit to his leadership. Thank God for him every day. But don't make him your life's purpose and substance. Rather, walk together with your husband, side by side, toward that ultimate goal of knowing and loving Christ more deeply, trusting in His sufficiency and reveling in His goodness more each day.