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Commitment

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” – Ruth 1:16

The bride and groom were laughing and enjoying the company of their friends. The groom was snickering about the way they’d changed the traditional wedding vows. These two had vowed to stay married not for as long as they both shall live but for as long as they both shall love. If they got bored, they would just walk out and call it quits.

Now think with me for a moment. What kind of security would either of them feel if, after a few years and a couple of kids, each knew that the other was likely to just walk out? They would live each day in uncertainty.

God planned marriage to begin with a bedrock of commitment by one man and one woman. Their life together was to be as long as they both should live–through sickness and health, good times and lean times, till death parted them. Genuine love is to be understood in the context of commitment.

Early in the life of God’s people, God set forth the concept of His unshakable commitment to them. He identified Himself as the faithful God who keeps His covenant to a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7:9).

Moses told the people: “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27, KJV). What a picture of love made secure by commitment. And that’s what is desperately needed in a world where there is heartbreak caused by marriages torn apart–the heartbreak of kids confused by Mom and Dad living by the standards of the world and self-interest. Real love is to be understood in the context of commitment.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be faithful to the people You have put in my life. Amen.

To Ponder

God’s faithfulness to us compels our faithfulness to others.

(The Navigators)