God’s Vows of Commitment to Us
In the last few weeks, I have had friends face all kinds of life situations.
- A friend lost her job
- Another friend found out she was cancer free!
- One couple is struggling with whether divorce is the best option for them
- A couple friends are pregnant again
- Others are trying to sell their home
- One just found out their landlord is selling, so that means a move for them
As I heard of these thing, back to back, the phrase that came into my head was for better, for worse. And for me, that is a reassurance. God is with us in the good times and the bad times. I can celebrate with friends who are experiencing joyful times. And I can hold on to hope – and not feel that life is ending! – for friends who are facing challenges. Part of this acceptance I think comes from the tragedies in my own life. I know that we can get through all things, and I know that God is faithful to get us through. It is not all on us to overcome; it is with His help and power.
For Better, For Worse
That phrase, ‘for better, for worse’ may have brought the same thing to your mind as it did to mine – Marriage vows. “I, ____, take you, ____, to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” We have all heard those words, if not said them ourselves. And the picture of marriage is actually a great picture to show us what God’s vows of commitment to us are. Scripture talks about the church as the Bride of Christ. So Christ is the husband who commits to US for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness or in health.
What if we were to read those vows as what God is committing to us?
If things are going well, I am here, and I am glad. Spread the joy and love around.
If things are tough and you are facing challenging times and struggles, I am here. I will not leave, but walk you through, and will help you up when (not if) you fall.
If you are rich and enjoy wealth, I am with you. Don’t think you don’t need me, and don’t forget to be generous and pass it on. But if you do, I will still be with you.
If you are poor and can’t seem to get ahead, I will be with you. Don’t forget to tithe on the little you have, and don’t forget to trust me for big things. But if you do, I will still be with you.
If you are sick, I am here. I am with you through the pain; I have felt it, too, and I will stay close. It will not scare me off.
If you enjoy health, I am here. I will not leave when you are doing fine; yes, I am a great physician, but not like a doctor you only seek out in need. I will show you ways to live life to the fullest, and I will give you opportunities to serve.
Vows of Commitment
My friends, He is faithful. True story. Be aware of His presence, thank Him for it, and be aware of your commitment to Him. Is it that solid? Are you in this for better or worse, richer or poorer, for sickness or health?