How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
In Korea, we have the saying, “Couples who have had good marriage look alike” or “Couples who are meant for one another look alike even before marriage.” I think it is quite true as I’ve seen some of such couples around me. On the other hand, there are married couples who make people curious as to what attracted them to each other because they are clearly different in several ways that they suffer in the marriage.
I think it’s universal that singles or couples in courtship would like to find compatibility of their partners before marriage so that they look up compatibility test in MBTI or other kinds of resources. In Korea, very common is the occult that people visit psychics or diviners to see whether their partners or their children’s partners are compatible with them before their marriage or their children’s marriage. My late pastor in Seoul church once said that he heard some ladies even in our church also visit psychics or diviners for that purpose.
For marriage that would last over a few decades in this world, people are very mindful of compatibility in marriage. Are we, as Bride, mindful of it?
In 2020, I had a few dreams on wedding. In one of the dreams, I saw a few couples’ wedding ceremonies. In another dream, I made a wedding dress for a bride and I was very satisfied with it. But when the bride tried it on, I saw through her underwear. I felt ashamed for her as people might see her through as indecent bride and feel awkward. Later in another scene, a young lady came to try on wedding dresses. In a week or two, I had another dream. I think many, including me, were invited to someone’s wedding. I didn’t know whose wedding it was in the dream, but I felt we were in a hurry to go to the wedding. Then, a Christian bakery owner whom I know said he had some urgent matters popped up; his client complained of something. So, he said he would not be able to go to the wedding. I was disappointed, thinking he would lose something very important. Then, I tried to find a dress I would wear for the wedding. It looked like a wedding dress and I also found a wide-brimmed wedding hat and I tried it on in front of a mirror. I looked very nice with the hat and was very satisfied with it. An ex-colleague from my previous workplace paid me a compliment, when he saw me put on the hat. Then, suddenly it dawned on me that I didn’t wear stockings and I thought I must wear them. I knew a bunch of people already went out to take a car for the wedding. But I went upstairs to pick up my stockings. I entered a room and found my sister still sleeping on the bed with a doggie sleeping on the carpet. I was angry to see her still sleeping. I woke her up and told her to get her dress for the wedding. But she continued to sleep.
When I awoke from the dream, I felt the people in the dream symbolize Christians who put their cares before Jesus and are asleep. I learned the parable of the ten virgins Jesus talked about was warning against believers, not against unbelievers in the context. I agree with it. I see so many believers asleep, not discerning times and seasons. So many Christians love the cares of this world as if they forgot their Bridegroom. Not only they don’t discern the times, but I think they are also not serious as to whether they are compatible Bride for the eternal relationship with their Bridegroom. I heard the late Neville Johnson say in one of his sermons that the Bride is not ready, if Jesus returns anytime soon. I agree. So many believers think that once saved, they are always saved, period. They think they will be all raptured before the Great Tribulation. Even if it’s true that they are raptured before the Great Tribulation, I do wonder where the marriage relationship would go. I feel they are like brides who are only interested in lavish wedding ceremony and luxurious honeymoon, but not interested in building up characters that would sustain marriage. Our call is not just to be saved and raptured, but to be conformed to the image of Jesus, our Bridegroom. Otherwise, the marriage will suffer.
Would you be willing to be in agreement with Him on every matter of your life? Would you be willing to remain holy and pure and leave all the cares behind, as you love your Bridegroom and wouldn’t want Him to provoke to jealousy? Are you ready to say “Yes” without reservation when He says tonight, “Will you marry Me?” I pray in Jesus’ name that you and I become compatible with Him and we look like Him so that everybody knows we are His Bride.
Have a bliss!
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (Revelation 19:6~8)