Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
“You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you and your land shall be married.”
One of the many things that God has put into my heart is to study the Bride of Christ. It is one of my most favorite topics in the Bible, and I research it, pray on it, and study it voraciously. I love this verse so much because it is God talking to His Bride. Yes, His Bride is Israel, but it is also each of us.
The Hebrew word for “My Delight is in Her” is Hephzibah. If this word sounds familiar to you it is because it is King Hezekiah’s queen’s name. King Hezekiah was a foreshadow of Jesus the Messiah, and Hephzibah was a foreshadow of Jesus’s Bride. While everyone knows that Hezekiah was a faithful, pious, and good king, there is unfortunately not a whole lot that is known about Hephzibah. This can make studying the Bride a little difficult when the female models in the Bible are few and brief. As Mesu Andrews puts it so beautifully in her novel Isaiah’s Daughter, “Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers” (1). Boy, is this the truth! I thank God that the books of Esther and Ruth were never removed from the Bible. And, I thank God for verses like Isaiah 62:4. I will take any clue God is willing to share concerning the Bride of Christ.
My favorite aspect to Isaiah 62:4 is the word “delight.” God — the creator and maker of everything — delights in me and in you. Isn’t that truly amazing?! When I feel small and insignificant and worthless, I just think of books like Esther and Ruth, and verses like this in Isaiah, and I know God has a purpose for me! I don’t know about you, but on this Thursday that sets my heart on fire for Jesus.
I hope this verse is a blessing to you today! God bless you, dear readers.
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective