“For your husband is your Maker — His name is Yahweh of Hosts— and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth” (Isaiah 54:5, HCSB).
Over the past few weeks, the verse has come across my path more than once. As if God was trying to get my attention.
It didn't make much sense at first. How is God my husband, I asked myself? Why is this seen as something important?
And so, today, I’m finally taking a look at it. I’m finally reading this verse and praying that God would reveal this truth to me.
Yes, I still have an earthly husband, but he will soon be far over seas. We will talk and pray and write letters to each other, but He won’t be here to comfort me and hear me talk about every single little part of my day. He won’t be here to eat dinner with and play board games with. He won’t be here to cuddle up on the couch next to me while we watch a movie. He won’t be here to play with our little girl. He’ll be serving our country, and that will be his number one priority.
Yes, he’ll still be my husband, but his role will change for this next chapter of our lives.
And I honestly don’t think it will be a bad thing.
It will give us time to re-focus our hearts on God.
Time for me to truly understand what having God as my husband is like.
Dictionary.com has several definitions for husband, the most common being a married man, especially when considered in relation to his wife. A husband can also be a manager. Or in the archaic sense of the word, a prudent or frugal manager. The Old English hūsbonda actually meant, master of the house.
The word used here in Isaiah for “husband” comes from the Hebrew word ba`al which means to marry, be lord (husband) over or to rule over (see blueletterbible.com).
These definitions are definitely helping as I continue to think about this meaning.
Is God truly the center of my life? Do I depend on Him for everything? Is He my Lord and Master. I hope that the answer is yes. I also have a feeling that these coming months will help me grow and stretch as I learn to trust in Him as my husband even more. My Godly husband that is.
What does the verse above mean to you?