We’ve all heard the sardonic expression, “THE HONEYMOON IS OVER!” Although it is used in a variety of contexts, from business to sports to politics, the phrase refers to the dreary truth that the wonderful, even fantasy-like beginning of a marriage, marked by bliss and unimaginable optimism, has now settled into the relentless burden of “doing life” together. In my pre-marriage coaching sessions, I always emphasize that couples not to do what most people do, which is spending far more time planning the wedding than they do the marriage.
But there is one honeymoon that will never come to an end! As the prophet Isaiah wrote,
As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.(Isaiah 62:5)
Notice that Isaiah did not say that the bridegroom rejoices over His bride only during the initial honeymoon phase. Rather, it is a mark of the Master’s unchanging nature (which He reveals in Numbers 23:19 and elsewhere) that He rejoices over His beloved bride. It’s a HOLY HONEYMOON from the moment we are raised from death to life in Christ; it continues throughout our lives; and it will go on for all eternity! Because God is infinite and unchanging and we are His bride, the honeymoon is never over.
I remember the incredible joy Kim and I experienced on our honeymoon back in March of 1993. We went to the place where we got engaged and where we go twice each year with our children to this day: Walt Disney World. It was, as they say, “magical” and we remember it each time we return. However, whatever joy . . . whatever pleasure . . . whatever excitement . . . whatever magic Kim and I experienced together on our honeymoon is only a shadow of the substance to come when we are received into glory by our Bridegroom.
For those of you who are married, think back to how you felt on your honeymoon. To think that God rejoices over us as a Bridegroom rejoices over His bride is almost unimaginable. For the Bridegroom and His bride the honeymoon never ends. In fact, the joy and pleasure simply continues intensifying.
We must remember that our marriages are tainted by sin, so the euphoria we experienced on our honeymoon will not be our experience on a moment-by-moment basis. But this is not the case with our eternal Bridegroom. God’s love for us is perfect and infinite and it never changes. Even when we are unlovely and unlovable, our Bridegroom loves us with an everlasting love. We cannot make God love us more and we cannot cause Him to love us less. God’s love is as unchanging as our holy honeymoon is unending.
So . . . how should this Gospel truth inform our lives? It should cause us to rest in our redemption, knowing that our God is rejoicing over us! It should lift us when we are low, strengthen us when we are weak, comfort us when we are anxious, and give us unwavering hope when we are hurting. Oh, what a Bridegroom we have in Jesus!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!