DayBreaks for 2/27/20: An Unending Honeymoon
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2010:
If you are married, think back to your honeymoon. I would certainly hope that it was a time of great joy for you and your beloved. Honeymoon’s are supposed to be that way – a time when you can simply focus on one another and the delight that fills the heart and put away all other concerns. It’s great while it lasts, isn’t it?
In his book The Pleasures of God, John Piper shares why God’s love is superior to any love we will find here on earth:
“Sometimes we joke and say about marriage, “The honeymoon is over.” But that’s because we are finite. We can’t sustain a honeymoon level of intensity and affection. We can’t foresee the irritations that come with long-term familiarity. We can’t stay as fit and handsome as we were then. We can’t come up with enough new things to keep the relationship that fresh. But God says his joy over his people is like a bridegroom over a bride. He is talking about honeymoon intensity and honeymoon pleasures and honeymoon energy and excitement and enthusiasm and enjoyment. He is trying to get into our hearts what he means when he says he rejoices over us with all his heart.
“And add to this, that with God the honeymoon never ends. He is infinite in power and wisdom and creativity and love. And so he has no trouble sustaining a honeymoon level of intensity; he can foresee all the future quirks of our personality and has decided he will keep what’s good for us and change what isn’t; he will always be as handsome as he ever was, and will see to it that we get more and more beautiful forever; and he infinitely creative to think of new things to do together so that there will be no boredom for the next trillion ages of millenniums.” – John Piper, The Pleasures of God (Multnomah, 2000), p. 188
I wish I could be on a honeymoon with my bride forever and never have to worry again about the cost of eyeglasses or dental work or mortgage payments or the rising price of everything else. I wish I could be creative enough to find new ways to express my delight in her each and every moment for as long as I live. Alas, as she’ll tell you, I’m not that creative. But God is. The honeymoon love of God for us will never end nor will we ever tire of it, for our love for Him will be perfected, too.
Long ago when I first married my wife, I couldn’t conceive of a love that would get more and more beautiful as time passed. Now, from the perspective of a few years, I can understand that such a thing can be true. But I still can’t conceive of a love that gets “more and more beautiful forever” – yet that is precisely what we will find in Him!
PRAYER: How we long to fully experience your creative, unending, exciting, joyful, beautiful love forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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