Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 12, 2014
Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made. Matthew 5:33
Wedding vows mean something. They mean something to the Lord. They mean something to the man and woman promising faithfulness to one another. And they mean something to the wedding party who are witnesses of the ceremony. Not to be said glibly, vows are a lifetime commitment to Christ to remain true to our true love. In a similar manner to our salvation in Jesus, our wedding vows are a walk of faith. Through good and bad seasons we promise to persevere.
A wedding license is like an automobile driver who receives his license for the first time. In the beginning everything is new, but skills are developed to manage a car well and abide by the laws of the land. When automobile accidents occur, wise drivers learn from their mistakes and the mistakes of others. We have so much to learn in marriage, but when we say I do and I will, we commit to learn and grow. We will have marital wrecks along the way, but by God’s grace we can repair our relationships. Vows are the insurance that pays premiums during the painful days.
“When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said” (Numbers 30:2).
Therefore, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we do what we say we will do. We remain true to one woman or one man. We honor our vows to our husband or wife, because we desire to honor the originator of marriage, the Lord God Almighty. Since we don’t take the Lord lightly, we don’t take our wedding vows lightly. The feeling of romantic love comes and goes, but our resolve to remain married to death do us part is constant. We make our wedding vows under the law of the Lord and the law of the land. A marriage united in Jesus Christ is not to be disavowed.
Are you struggling to keep your marriage vows? We all do from time to time. It’s in our struggle to remain faithful that the faithful one, Jesus Christ, becomes a very real role model for our marriage. He does not forsake us, even when we forsake Him. He loves us when our love for Him grows lukewarm, even cold. He forgives us, even when we make stupid mistakes. Jesus is our joy when joy is hard to find. For Christ’s sake we vow to keep our vows!
“Let marriage be held in honor among all” (Hebrews 13:4, ESV).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, by Your Spirit keep me true to my wedding vows to You and my mate.
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