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This week I got the privilege to officiate the my first marriage , so I’ve been thinking about marriage. Back in 1999, Julia Roberts starred in a movie called ‘Runaway Bride’, where she played the part of a woman who was notorious for fleeing before she got to the altar. It is a fiancé’s worst fear, being deserted by the one you love. But when it comes down to it, it’s the story of the Bible.
Throughout the Bible God is the loving husband, and we are the runaway bride. Looking elsewhere for love, we have deserted the one who is faithful and true. The prophet Hosea paints this portrait as the prophet’s life mirrors the relationship God has with his people. Hosea takes an unfaithful wife and is constantly called by God to pursue her.
It’s no wonder that Paul picks up the imagery of a loving husband when he describes the work of Jesus in Ephesians 5: 25 – 27:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
For those of us who are husbands, it’s easy to see how far we fall short. For our wives, it’s even easier. Praise God that Jesus is the faithful husband to a runaway bride!
This weekend will see leaders from 19 countries plus the European Union gather together in Brisbane to talk about ways to strengthen the global economy.
In particular, they’re trying to work out how to grow the prosperity of our planet, and to help protect us all from the threat of another global financial crisis.
It’s good to have economic stability, but those of us who know our Bibles will be aware that there’s much more to life than financial strength.
In fact, being economically strong can be a spiritual health hazard.
These words from the Bible make the warning clear:
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
Imagine if the leaders of the G20 talked about the greatest risk of all: wandering from the faith through the lack of contentment in the good gifts from God?
Is this something that you need to address, too?