I recently got engaged and am going to be getting married in 81 days! It goes without saying that this is an exciting time of life. My list of things to do keeps growing as the days keep counting down. I love my fiancé dearly and often find my thoughts drifting away from whatever task it is I’m doing at the time to focus and think about THAT day… our wedding day. I can barely contain my excitement. I am honored to be marrying such a godly man and look forward to following his example and leadership. I can’t wait to be his wife and I find it easy to talk about my anticipation.
With that in mind, my mind is drawn to Christ. I think it is interesting that His return is accompanied with a wedding feast. Do I anticipate His return with the same hopeful excitement as I look forward to spending my life with the man who will soon be my husband? Do I look forward to my eternal unity with my Savior with the same giddy joy? Sadly, often I do not. It is so easy to have our eyes focused here, on whatever excitement or hope we have in this life, that we often miss the eternal hope that God has called us to.
Whether you find yourself in an exciting time of your life or in the midst of a trial that seems unending, God wants our focus to be on Him, not on this world. Peter reminds us in 1st Peter 1, that no matter our situation, as God’s child there is an inheritance kept in heaven for us, which can never perish, spoil or fade. Jesus promised when he ascended into heaven that He would return for His bride. And in Revelation, we read of the marriage supper, celebrating Christ’s return.
So today, no matter what situation in life we find ourselves in, let us find comfort and hope in the Christ who will come again for His bride. In our trials, let us look to our eternal hope. And let our joys here point us to the ultimate joy that will come on the day when we see Jesus face to face.