To wait patiently and quietly for the right moment to arrive.
To remain or stay in a specific condition or state, as if waiting for something.
And the Bride of Christ is biding Her time…
From the opening pages of the Bible, God relates to His people in a closeness of companionship so intimate that He compares it to a marriage relationship, as He said to Israel, “For your Maker is your Husband.” (Is. 54:5a Ampc)
In the closing pages, this relationship remains paramount, for the Father sent His Son as the heavenly Bridegroom to woo the heart of the perfect Bride into holy oneness with Him. The chosen companion suited for the heavenly Bridegroom as Peter says, “for you have been chosen by God Himself…you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own.” (1 Peter 2:9 TLB)
In the ancient, Hebrew betrothal tradition, the bride prepared her bridal necessities and equipped herself for her new life while the bridegroom was away building the couple’s new home, which took approximately one year.
All her wedding finery had to be ready at a moment’s notice, for she never knew when her bridegroom would come to snatch her away. When the time did arrive, the bride wanted not only to look her best for the one she loved but also to be Her best for him.
Would a bride be considered appropriately dressed for her grand day of aisle-walking if her beautiful, bridal gown was covered in mud or with big blotches of stains?
This conjures up the silly image of Ellie Mae Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies. She was given a beautiful ball gown in the hopes of wooing a suitor, so she went out and played football with the guys in her ball gown. And came home in a muddy and torn gown!
Would a bride want to greet her beloved in that condition? No, of course not! A bride is immaculately dressed in her pristine, wedding attire, looking her absolute best for her bridegroom on their wedding day.
Paul wrote to the Ephesian church, “He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” (Eph. 5:25b-27 NLT)
In the marriage custom, the bride’s behavior reflected greatly on her beloved’s name and character while he was away.
How is the Bride spending Her time while waiting for Her Beloved Bridegroom to snatch Her away? What is She doing?
Unfortunately, in Her waiting time, She has forgotten She is betrothed and that her behavior reflects on her family and on her Beloved’s Name. She is sloppy and cantankerous and unfaithful, and She now resembles Her nemesis, the world by getting dirty in its mud.
James said, “The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who…remains true to the Lord-not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world.” (James 1:27 TLB) We are to stay in that “specific condition.”
The Bride may be tattered and torn, but in the eyes of Her Beloved, She is a beauty! A vision of loveliness. His Queen of eternity. To Him, She walks on clouds of gold, and She shines as bright as the morning sun.
She may be disobedient, but He forgives Her. Because He loves Her – TOTALLY and UNCONDITIONALLY!!!
Our behavior should be fitting of a Bride. Are we saving ourselves for Him alone? Do we anticipate His coming with great joy and expectation or have we lost that heart-swelled, first-love joy?
What are you doing as you bide your time in waiting for your Beloved Bridegroom?
Blessings as you bide your time…Lynn