Several weeks ago while I was standing in church I had my head bowed and was listening to the prayer the praise and worship leader was offering up to God. I heard him say,
“…..we praise you (God) for the things you have given us… something… something… something… (my mind drifted)….”, and then I heard him say, “That’s why we adore you.”
“That’s why we adore you”, that really stuck out. My mind drifted again back into its own thoughts. Thoughts like, “to me adore =love.” I looked it up in a thesaurus, I was correct. Let me say it again, “that’s why we adore you” or rather “that’s why we love you”. What a powerful statement. I contemplated on it a bit and then I spoke to God on my own behalf. My prayer went something like this,
“Lord, we love you for what you’ve done for us and you have done so much. We have good reason to love you. But you God, you don’t love us for what we’ve done, but rather you love us in spite of what we’ve done. How awesome and amazing are you God to love that much and in that way.”
I then started to ponder why we pray things like, “that’s why we love you” instead of “we love you”, or “I love you”. Sure, I know that sometimes some of us do just tell God that we love Him and leave it at that but I would also bet that most of us also pray it with reason. We love Him for what He did. Is that okay? Absolutely. Is that conditional love? Yes. If He didn’t spill His blood for our lives would we still love Him? If not, would it be okay? Hmmm…
I got real with myself and looked at how hard it is for me to love like that. I began to think about how difficult it can be sometimes to love someone in the way that God loves us. The thought was disturbing. Why is it so difficult? What does it take? Then I wondered if any of us have ever loved as unconditionally as God does. Then from out of nowhere came the thought, “That’s what I’m teaching you”. Was that a self-generated thought or a God-generated thought? The thought literally was, “That’s what I’m teaching you.” “I’m”= not me, and “you” = me. The thought was spoken to me. Right away I understood where God was going with this. He was referring to my marriage.
Those of you who are married understand how difficult and challenging marriage can be. You who are single and think you know how hard it is, heed my words- knowing and experiencing are 2 different things. Prepare your hearts.
After I prayed that prayer and had those thoughts the pastor got up and spoke. And guess what, his sermon was about marriage. How coincidental, hmmm…
I’ll have more to say about the lesson the pastor taught later. But I will say this about marriage now, it’s an incredibly beautiful journey in which God will show you so much about yourself and He’ll teach you how to truly love someone as He does. Don’t take the lesson lightly. Husbands love your wives and wives love your husbands. Do this in the glory and honor of God. You’re truly blessed to have each other no matter how you feel at the time.