AFTER YOU SAY ‘I DO’
“You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in his ways … And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people and that you are to keep all his commands.” Deuteronomy 26:17-18, NIV
Exchanging marriage vows is a crucial part of the church wedding. The couple looks forward to this time because it is the part where they will express their love for each other and make promises to stick together ‘for better for worse.’ But experience has shown that saying the wedding vows is easy; keeping them is the tough job. Moses reiterated to the Israelites the implication of the vows they made before the Lord. Just like in a marriage contract, the Israelites avowed to keep the Lord’s commandments, and the Lord also avowed to make them His peculiar people as long as they keep their vows.
Someone said that whenever there is a breach of contract between humans and God, always trace the breach to the human. By His nature, God does not lie; He always keeps His own part of the agreement. The decision to make Jesus the Lord of your life is like saying ‘I do’; but saying is not enough; you must be ready to stay true to Him in all seasons. We must not be fair-weather Christians who only keep commitment when things go the way we wish. Even when times are hard and the environment does not encourage us to be faithful, we must keep our vows; for that is the secret of a lasting and blessed relationship with Him.
• Birthday Blessing: “Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land….” Ps 37:34
RBT Passage: Judges 17-19
“The true follower of Christ will…say, “This is truth. God help me to walk in it, let come what may!”’ –A. W. Tozer