Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Promise of a Heavenly Husband

My heart often breaks for widows . . . especially the older ones! I've seen how lost and alone they are when the men they've spent their entire lives loving and serving are taken to Heaven first.

"Why, God," I used to ask, "do you tell women to submit to their husbands as to the Lord, and then You take their men Home first? We spend our whole lives honoring you through our husbands--then, suddenly, they're gone. Then what are we supposed to do?"

Do? I Timothy 5:5 says that the widow trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day. Okay, I thought, she certainly has more time to spend on her knees than she did when her husband was living.

I don't know how long it took me to finally catch on; but one day when reading Isaiah 54, my eyes fell on verses 4-5:

"Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame.
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach
of your widowhood anymore.
For your Maker is your husband. 
The LORD of hosts is His name; 
and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth."

God is the widow's husband!

As a consequence of Eve's sin in the Garden of Eden, women had to submit to the LORD through their husbands. However, when a woman's husband dies, God takes direct responsibility for her. It only makes sense that God would want her to "continue in supplications and prayers night and day." She needs to get to know her heavenly Husband and re-establish a relationship with her First Love before she goes on Home.

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