I have been reading the Greek New Testament devotionally. Instead of studying a text for blogging, I am just reading to see what I miss in the English. English translations are great but because it is my native tongue, I tend to read over something I should probably be pondering. So, future blogs might give you a hint as to where I am in my devotional Bible reading (at least the New Testament). Well, today I read about Sadducean ignorance on the subject of wives and heaven:
Jesus answered them, “You are mistaken, because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God. or in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven.” Matthew 22:29-30
The words, “the power of God” stuck out for the first time. As an old guy who spent a lifetime thinking about girls and finally, a wife, that phrase has special meaning! Almost my entire life has been mentally and emotionally dedicated to the fairer sex, at times, giving me a sense of guilt, thinking I should be more involved with God’s Word and prayer. (Not that I didn’t pray or study God’s Word …I did …a lot.)
But I cannot even imagine seeing my beloved in glory and just walking on by because she will then be no more or less important than anyone else. If we hug, it would be a Christian hug, something I have never given my wife in this life. (We hug but it’s romantic …at least, to me!)
I was taught that we should put God first! In fact, Jesus spoke of hating our wives if we wanted to follow Him.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, and even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:26
I never put my wife on the same social level with my mom or dad—or any other family member. Years ago the old time preachers used to maintain with deep conviction the a wife is second to God! Wow! I struggled with this. My wife—not unlike a million other wives—wants to be—practically—worshipped. They want to be number one in our lives and when it comes to God, my dearest wants only to be my equal in God’s plan now for both of us together. And this always made sense to me.
And Now I Am Old – Psalm 37:25
My body now registers pains I never felt before and now my mind alone imagines what I can no longer engage in. But I still spend a considerable amount of time thinking of her.
I ache to hold her close to me.
I ache for things that used to be—
Strobed flashes of a memory
That lingers, lingers on.
My story now seems more and more
Of pains I never had before
While I indulge the joyous lore
Of playful times now gone.
Does old age come to claim its prize?
My body lives a thousand lies!
Yet she unchanged within my eyes
Still sings the siren’s song.
The Power of God
..But in heaven ..no wife …no thought of her …no romance… …nothing!!?? I spent a lifetime in this, another, world! Now I understand what Jesus was saying. It will take the “power of God” to redefine our relationship as He intends. God’s ability (power) in this matter far exceeds the natural imagination. But can I imagine it anyways?
I will love her more then than now. My love now will not be able to hold a candle to then; for, God’s desire toward her will gift me His love for her. He will redefine romance in terms of that infinite and eternal source of all she must mean to Him! Then, fellowship with her, thinking of her, wanting to be with her, and wanting all of God that I can have, will be the same—joined in a divine matrimony as the Bride of Christ.
I can hardly wait. If I love her now and think of her all of the time, now…. wait until then!!