I was listening to a podcast this morning when one of the guests talked about her epic love story. She described how she used to worry about her relationships and when she was going to get married. Then one day she said she realized that her epic love story has already been written and her husband would come when it was time.
My epic love story has already been written too. But not in the way she means.
My epic love story was written many, many years ago when God sent His Son down to this ravaged earth to die for us sinful people. Your epic love story was written then too.
As much as you may want someone to come into your life and love you and spend forever with you, there is someone who loves you 100 times more than a spouse ever could and quite literally wants to spend forever with you. God loves us so much that He was willing to send His only Son to the earth to be murdered so that we can live for eternity with Him. Jesus willingly sacrificed His life in a brutal, painful death so that we may have life. That is our epic love story.
God loves us so much that He welcomes even the worst of us into His Kingdom if we repent. There is nothing that we can do to lose His love. How incredible is that? No matter how much we long for it or how long we search for it, we will never find someone whose love for us is that deep, that unconditional or that unshakable.
Instead of worrying about our future husband or wife, we should rest in the love of God. We don’t “need” anyone else to love us when the Creator of the universe loves us. He is our Father, He is everlasting, He is almighty and He is perfect.
Being a husband or a wife can’t define us; it doesn’t define us because we are children of God. We need to be careful not to fall into the trap of believing that our worth comes from our relationship status. If I don’t find a husband one day, it’s not because there’s anything wrong with me; it’s because it’s what God’s plan for my life looks like. And who am I to question God’s plan for my life? His plans are better than my plans and His will is infinitely better than my wants.
Instead of being consumed by earthly desires and earthly standards we should be consumed by the Holy Spirit and live our lives so that they bring glory and honor to God.
I’m not saying that mindset is easy; it’s definitely not. We live in a culture in which extraordinary emphasis is placed on earthly, human relationships. We must be mindful of our purpose, mindful of our thoughts and intentionally fill our hearts every day with reminders of His abiding love for us.
“… in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:37–39, ESV).