"The LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit?" – Malachi 2:14-15 NKJV
Some approach their spiritual lives like a lifestyle of rituals and rules. But the Bible makes clear that God approaches us as a husband thinks about the wife of his youth, the one with whom he has a passionate bond.
This is clear when we think about the feasts He established (Leviticus 23:2). These were special to God – not as rituals or holidays, but as opportunities to renew that personal relationship.
We see the importance of that intimacy through Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which began yesterday at sundown. God declared that this is one of His holiest days, a day He ordained just after the children of Israel had left Egypt.
Yom Kippur is so special because it celebrates the covenant relationship God has with His people, a relationship that should be like the very best marriage.
People in the world often treat marriage vows as a series of casual promises that can be easily forgotten or broken without consequence. But in God’s sight, marriage is not a matter of convenience or pleasure. He wants a wife and husband to be bonded together before Him in unity. Like an ideal marriage, we are to be bonded with Him.
Remember, God desires that you foster this covenant relationship with Him. Purge your life of sin and anything that displeases Him. And seek to develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him.
PrayerFather, I want to know You more deeply than ever before. Help me to be in harmony with You. Forgive my sins. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingMalachi 2