“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God.” Jeremiah 17:7 (MSG)
It’s hard to imagine wanting to be sticky. Think about it. When you have donuts, laffy taffy, adhesive, the stickiness that occurs when you touch them. This is usually followed by rushing to the sink to wash it right off. It’s an ever constant battle of eat, rinse, repeat.
Funny, sound familiar?
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
Reading my devotion this morning from Proverbs 31 organization, she uses this verse in the context of marriage. It correlates very well with the relationship between a husband and wife, but also, I believe it helps in the preparation of marriage
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Back to the context of being sticky. Women, of all people do not like to be ‘stuck’ to anything. We are free people, like having our own way or being able to create your own. Hello, any Pinterest addicts? (You can follow me here! HA) But, back to the point, we don’t like to be stuck to doing anything. For the past few decades, women are known for paving their own way. The most famous women we study about today were women who were not stuck to anything. BUT, were they? Yes, stuck to attributes of: Faith, Passion, Strength, Hope, Joy, Peace, Freedom. (hmm…sound familiar again)
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. ” Romans 5:1
I think you see the point I am getting at. We are not called to stick to the patterns of this world, but stick to the beautiful and (insert all Godly adjectives) God. The one that promises to keep us, strengthen us, empower us, and hold onto us no matter how many times we want to run to the ‘sweet stickiness’ of the world, instead of sticking to the ‘eternal stickiness’ that He offers.
So, what is our lesson?
Women, we are called to honor, love, and respect our husband as the head of the household. How can we do this now? Stick to God. How will we do this in marriage? Stick to God. Simple, yet one of the most repetitive scriptures in the Word of God. We abide in Him and He abides in us (John 15:4), we trust in Him and He makes our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6), and we trust in His plan for our lives, and He will do what He has told us He will do (Isaiah 55:11; 46:10). We trust in our God to bring us to Him, and you know what? Sooner than later the ‘sweet stickiness’ of this world will not compare to the joy that we experience in the ‘eternal stickiness’ we receive by abiding in Him.
Preparing for marriage is where I relate, praying that even through discovering the dirtiness of my heart and soul, that I would choose to stick to God. That in this, He may rinse and repeat my soul to make it where the places that used to ‘stick’ to the world would be gone; and all that would remain would be the characteristics of humility, prayer and supplication, joy, patience, kindness, and honor. I pray that my future husband, just as the scripture says, is preparing to trust in the Lord. To lead a household, the man should have a sense of discernment and wisdom that comes from trusting in the Lord. I am praying that for him.
BUT, what God showed me this morning is that, in the preparation is where the stickiness from the world begins to get less and less and you begin to realize that the world actually, just like donuts and adhesive, can be washed away quickly with the living water of Jesus Christ. Though a child-like metaphor, it is simple. Asking God to wash you in His will so that your heart may not desire to stick to the world, but to Him.
Heavenly Father, may you bless every heart and soul that reads this blog. May they feel the quickening of their Spirit wooing them closer to you. May you rinse and repeat their souls to see your will for them is longer-lasting than the sweet smells of this world. May you discard the ‘donuts’ in their lives that continue to draw them away from you and may you stick in their hands to your Word. May their hearts, minds, and souls become so stuck on your Word that you would change their desires to be of your characteristics. I pray for whatever season they are in, may you strengthen them to keep going, uphold them in their grief, give them joy in their sorrow, or hope in their valley. God you are bigger and much sweeter than any donuts. So help all of us put down the sweets, and turn to the bread of Life. In your precious and sweet name, Amen.
I pray all of this for you and more my friends. Believe me, it is hard to wash away that stickiness, just as it is to work off the donuts in the gym, but you know what? Through the training in His gym and the lifting of His weighted scripture, we will be able to discern His will for our life and in turn, be the men and women He has called us to be. Now, isn’t that sweet? (Pun fully intended.)
“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’…” Numbers 6:24-26