in His Bride
Cora Harris MacIlravy
"The heart of her husband trusts in her, and He
will have no lack of gain" Proverbs 31:11 NASB.
The most solemn and precious testimony that our Lord can
bear to this worthy woman is to say, "The heart of her
husband safely trusteth in her." This is what Christ
will ever be able to say of those who will be a part of His
Consider what the Lord said about David:
"I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my
heart, who shall do all my will" Acts 13:22.
As we read this testimony, we can better understand the tender
relationship between David and the Lord. Because Jehovah could
trust David to do His will and carry out all His purposes,
He anointed him King over Israel. Today, how many could be
called "the friend of God," as was Abraham? Or,
how many could the Lord trust to bear His Name before gentiles
and kings as Paul did, even though he was shown beforehand
what he must suffer to accomplish this?
At this present time, many of us are being drawn by the Lord
to come to the level of spiritual maturity, where He will
be able to bear witness to us, as He did to this worthy woman.
Fidelity, discretion, obedience, and prayerfulness must be
perfected within each of us before we can become a part of
the company that makes up this Worthy Woman (Bride), and before
it can be said of us, "The heart of her husband doth
safely trust in her."
Those who will make up this company of the Bride must come
to the place of un-questioning submission where the Lord has
become their all and they now seek His honor and glory alone.
Reverence for Him, and for His desires fills their hearts;
therefore He can trust them with His secrets, and with His
This company of overcomers will obey the Lord's command in
the face of apparent impossibilities. At His command they
will move forward, though stone walls obstruct their progress,
and the enemy besets them on every side. When He calls them
to press forward, they will move at His Word, step by step
possessing new ground, believing that He who commands them
is well able to lead them all the way.
Have we reached the place where we have no hidden desires
or mixed motives of our own? This means no running ahead nor
lagging behind what He is purposing to do. Only as we have
yielded our will to be merged into His will, and our way to
be lost in His way, can He safely trust us.
This place of trust has not been reached by this Worthy Woman
in a moment. She endured many hard things as she walked a
narrow and lonely path of suffering. God's own tender hands
have emptied her from one vessel to another, until no impurity
nor dregs of self-will, or self-life remain to mar her relationship
to Him as His Bride. Over and over has He led her to the cross
that her desires might be purified and her self-activities
subdued. He has put her into His crucibles, making the fire
hotter, that all the dross might be consumed and the pure
gold of the Divine come forth and clothe her.
As we prayerfully consider how many times we acted without
waiting to hear from our Lord, we will see how little He has
been able to trust us. But when He has brought His Bride under
the Spirit's control, He will say of her: "The heart
of her husband doth safely trust in her." These are searching
words when we apply them to our relationship to the Lord.
Surely our imperfections loom before us.
If we would join this company, we must be purified and made
transparent by yielding to the pressures of His hand until
the clamor of our self life is fully dealt with.
How still the heart in which Christ dwells in full revelation
- in which He reigns supreme, and the consciousness of His
presence is unbroken. But suddenly all is changed. He seems
to withdraw Himself, and hides behind our wall; the holy quietness
is no longer perfect. We struggle to grasp again that holy
stillness; but our very struggles further disturb our spirit's
atmosphere and poise which cause Him to seemingly withdraw
still further. We wonder, what is the cause?
We forgot that every sound of the earthy must be hushed if
His voice is to be heard, and how yielded and meek must the
heart remain if His presence and revelation are to abide and
Yes, our thoughts and desires must be purified. Our wayward
hearts must turn toward Him many times before we will be able
to say: "My heart us fixed, O God, my heart is fixed,
trusting in thee." It is in the heart that has become
thus fixed upon Him, that He finds undisturbed rest. It is
in the heart that has been purified, that Christ will reveal
As we set our hearts to live close to Him, to abide continually
in union with our Lord, may we give ourselves over unto obedience
to Him, so He may safely trust us with His secrets (Psalm
Herein we become this spotless, shining Bride of Jesus Christ
who will be adorned with all these charms, and gifted with
all these excellencies; who will be worthy in His worthiness.