After a pure engagement of some length (which followed a growing friendship of several years), having already established sober and honest, hard-working yet service-based habits of living, they were wed. They had just arrived at the honeymoon suite – when Jesus returned.
There were absolutely no regrets.
2 Peter 3:3-4 ERV
It is important for you to understand what will happen in the last days. People will laugh at you. They will live following the evil they want to do. They will say, “Jesus promised to come again. Where is he? Our fathers have died, but the world continues the way it has been since it was made.
My niece got married yesterday. It was a very simple, practical yet beautiful Christian ceremony and reception (with an LotR theme), held at the same hall. All who attended had a great time, without any alcohol, celebrating the two becoming one. I suppose these days it would be considered an “old fashioned” courtship. Relationships like theirs just don’t happen that often anymore.
Both the bride and the groom are firm in their faith, and I say it was a “pure” engagement because their character convinces me so. I believe they “did it by The Book.” As a prodigal, eight years returned home, I can respect that. I’m even a little envious of the commitment they have already displayed by the years leading up to the wedding. I wish for such righteous stubbornness.
The Lord is not being slow in doing what He promised, the way
somemost people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change their ways and stop sinning.
2 Peter 3:9
Let me be clear in saying that I do not regret my path. I would not be happily writing this post if I had traveled by any other route. I like to think I’ve earned the joy and peace that I have in my current circumstances, but I know they are a gift from my loving Father, as are my beautiful wife and wonderful children (and grandchild). Despite all I have been through, I would not trade my journey to receiving any of them away. But neither would I wish my road on anyone – only now, finally, are there things I won’t do again.
Actually, I would warn the happy couple of quite the opposite of my experience. The greatest danger I perceive for them is the Elder Brother’s … the pride of having “stayed the course.” Remember, the strength that has kept you on “the straight and narrow” has its source in your trust in God. Humbly, “It was a gift. Keep it.” (I had to get a quote from the movie in.)
The verses I highlighted in your Bible are:
1 Corinthians 10:13 (memorized early in my healing)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
You’ve already got this one down, whether you realize it or not. Simple being true to your values through your wedding date is proof of that. This world offers many shiny things to distract you from your beliefs.
But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will (still) sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Know that you will fail sometimes. You will feel like God has abandoned you. I pray that these times will be few, but they are the way of this broken world. Hang on to this whole Psalm, which has taken me from anger and despair back to His loving, comforting embrace many, many times.
Being Christian is understanding that we will have absolutely nothing to regret on that day – even the ‘good’ things we might have missed. We are in this world only temporarily. Yes, there are things to consummate here, and we can enjoy our successes and learn from our trials, but, in the end, we are bound for something better. A renewed Eden, where only good is.