by PamFord Davis
5/28/2009 / Devotionals
Do you know anyone who uses on line dating services? We prefer to think matches are "made in heaven;" but some in desperation result to ".com!" Earlier outlets included "Lonely Hearts Clubs" or newspaper personal columns.
Match making goes back farther than we can prove; but the father of Leah, Jacob's first wife, used deception to find her a man! (Genesis 29:16-28). Today she would likely be referred to as "a plain Jane;" with slim chances to "land a man." The wedding night for Jacob and Leah goes beyond the worst "blind date" surprises! Seeing her in the camouflage of a bridal veil Jacob suffered from "night blindness;" and he had an eye opener the following morning!
I find interesting the old stories of "mail order brides." People corresponding by mail learned little about their prospective mate; but they took the risk and arranged their marriage. Many things brought them together, including a deep desire for companionship. I'm sure the U.S. postal system offered no guarantees! The mail order arrangement brought perfect strangers together to form the binding covenant of marriage.
The Bible gives another vivid example of such blind trust. "and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls (1Peter 1:8-9 NAS)."
As His bride we receive all the benefits and honor of taking His name as ours. It is recorded and on file in heaven!
Freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal and more. Devotions included in Mary HollingsworthÃ¢s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.
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