Summary: Wedding sermon for a couple - bride entering second marriage, groom entering first.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (quickview)
A bride was very nervous. It was right before the service. She wasn’t sure she could even walk down aisle. Her mother gave her some words of calming wisdom. She said to her. “Honey, there’s only three things you need to focus on. If you focus on these three things, you’ll be fine. The first is walking down the aisle. Just focus on walking down the aisle of the church. I know its rather long, but just concentrate on that. Don’t get caught up with those on either side of the aisle. Just focus on getting to the end of the aisle. Next, focus on the altar. It is your destination today. Make your way down the aisle to the altar. There you will stand before God with the man you love and will make vows to God and him. God will also make vows to you. Focus on the altar that represents the love God has for you in Jesus Christ. Last, focus on the hymn that the soloist will sing. In poetry and song, the hymn embodies God’s love for you in Christ, your love for your husband and his love for you. So, to help you not be so nervous, focus on those three things. Walking down the aisle, standing before the altar and listening to the hymn.”
The bride was very thankful to her mom for her words of advice. The family and friends gathered watched as she walked down the aisle and noticed a look of calm determination on her face. But as she passed them, they began to chuckle quietly. For along with the look of calm determination, she was mumbling three words over and over to help calm her nerves. As she passed them, they heard her saying, “Aisle, Altar, Hymn. Aisle, Altar, Hymn. Aisle, Altar, Hymn.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. These are the word you chose for me to put together a meditation for your wedding day. These are awesome words. God knows what’s going to happen to you and what’s going to happen to you is God’s plan. If God is a vindictive, harsh, or severe God, these words can be very frightening. When he spoke these words to Jeremiah, Jeremiah may have had the God of the Exodus in mind, the God that wiped out Egypt’s army. Or the God of the Exile in mind, that was allowing the Empire of Babylon to take captive the people of Israel because they did not worship him or follow his laws. But God reassures us when he follows up these awesome words. For he says, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
At the beginning of marriage, what better thoughts and feelings than those of prosperity and hope and the future. That is what God has in store for you. He has promised this to you, name and name. And our God keeps his promises, which he has demonstrated over and over again with the salvation of his people Israel, with the birth of his Son Jesus, with the death and resurrection. As you begin your life together, build a home, build a family together, God speaks these awesome words to the both of you and to us who are privileged to share this day with you. But God isn’t finished yet, in addition to plans of prosperity, hope and the future, God speaks words of worship. Because God does this for you, you will respond in love to him.