Divorce is painful, hurtful and sometimes needed.

Wait, before you panic, I am not getting a divorce from Brian. But, I think a divorce is needed.

The Bride of Christ needs a divorce from the world.

From Genesis to Revelation there is a marriage trail.

I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. (Hosea 2:19}

In the context and custom of the Bible, once you were betrothed, or engaged, it was a done deal. You were married.

For your Maker is your husband– the LORD Almighty is his name– the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. {Isaiah 54:5}

The trail in the Old Testament talks of this husband, bride: us and God and how many times we walk away.  When a bride walks away from her husband, and puts another in his place its adultery.

Think about this for a minute. We are ‘married’ to God, and the final act of marriage will be when we see him face to face, but for now, we are to act like his Bride.  This isnt’ just showing up for worship nights, or church services. Its how we are to live. As his wife.

For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. {2 Cor. 11:2}

He is jealous for us. We are betrothed. He desires us to be pure.

So just like Israel spoken of all the way through the Old Testament, who kept leaving her husband for other things, other people, other idols, we too have walked into an adulteress lifestyle with the world. We worry more about our houses, platforms and jobs than we worry about our relationship with God.

We need a marriage retreat with our Jesus.

Let’s read from Isaiah 54 – I made you. I am now your husband. My name is The LORD Who Rules Over All. I am the Holy One of Israel. I have set you free. I am the God of the whole earth.  You were like a wife who was deserted. And her heart was broken. You were like a wife who married young. And her husband sent her away. But now I am calling you to come back,” says your God. 

He is calling us to come back. To come back where He is our one and only. Where we listen to what He says. Where He speaks our identity, our destiny, our future. As a loving husband He loves us purely and wholly.

There is nothing in this world that can compare to Him. Yet we try don’t we. But its time. We need to end the relationship with a lesser thing and renew the relationship with our Bridegroom.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.  {Rev. 19:7}