I am fortunate to have a gifted bride whose many graces bless my life. Because of circumstances I am very limited in the gifts I can give her. The Bride of Christ does not suffer as mine He gives man gifts. In II Pet. 1:5-8 we have a list of gifts that bring us to a knowledge of our Groom. I Cor. 12:7-11 is another set of gifts. Imagine for your wedding you have gone into the finest store that possessed the most desired gifts and there you placed your registry. Can you imagine your hope and joy of expectation? Do we view these gifts from God in similar fashion? How about the great gift of love, (I Cor. 13:4-13) do we really appreciate this treasure? Then there is the gift of God’s armor for the battles we face. (Eph. 6:10-18)
I can’t tell you how absolutely priceless these gifts have been to me. There is no human strength that would have sustained me in this struggle for truth. No matter how desperate or deep I had to dive the gifts never came up empty.
As the world struggles with materialism and a despairing haunt for the good old days and phony men make their promise in vanity to return them what gifts do they have for their help. In all this calamity the greatest gift is our Groom. (Prov. 18:10) We have a shelter from any storm of nature or of man. Do you hear the voices of those who are not married and how they easily proclaim doom? They do not possess these gifts or know of the shelter of the Groom. Our Groom is known for His judgment (Psalm 9:16). He is the one in power who executes. What befalls us and this world are not random acts of chance in a cause and effect free environment. This is God’s world, His form. He is not subject to the cause and effect subjectively but can enter into this history objectively any time He desires as Lord. For us Lord also has the gracious Groom who lavishes upon us many rich gifts and His loving devotion. Do we have or can we justify the gloom and despair for ourselves? Do we face the world’s problems? Is the faithful Bride treated the same as the adulterous? I implore you to walk in the glorious matrimony of your calling and make full use of the gifts you have been given.