At the 50th wedding anniversary celebration we attended yesterday we witnessed the couple renewing their vows. Basically the vows spoke of what they had originally declared, including loving, cherishing, in sickness and in health, etc. But then they both said I promise to continue in keeping these vows. They didn’t make a second commitment; rather they reminded themselves and agreed to continue believing the original vows for their marriage. As they kissed I was reminded of the photos from 50 years ago that were displayed. The couple had changed a lot! They were no longer the innocent wide eyed young adults who said I do so long ago. They were the seasoned veteran couple who have been through things. The renewal of their vows must mean so much more because they’ve lived them! And they still live them. Arm in arm they visited with friends and family. Most of all I noticed that they visited with one another even though they were entertaining folks and playing host and hostess, they still looked into one another’s eyes and conferred. I would say their marriage has grown and I would say it will continue to grow through new stages of their life together.
Have you said I do to the Lord? Did you give your heart to Him sometime in the past? No matter if it was 5 months, 5 years or 5 decades ago, the vows God made over your life still hold. Life can certainly get in the way of our walk with Him, we all know that. Just as some marriages grow cold, life in Christ can too. It’s a good idea to keep renewing our vows to the Lord as well. A reminder of who we are in Christ, what our role as beloved believer is and where we are going is always good for the spirit and soul. The mind who regularly says yes to Christ fresh and new is a life that will grow closer to Him and retain the spark that was there in the beginning.
Oh beloved, God loves intimate times of vow renewal. He is wooing you to a closer walk with Him. He desires to bring you back to your first love. The vows He made to you are forever and perfect and loving, oh so loving. Remember what He said that first day? I loved you so much, He said, that I gave My only Son, so that now that you believe in Me you will never perish, but you will have everlasting life with Me in Christ. What a vow! He has called you into everlasting LIFE with Him! That vow alone secures our destiny and is worthy of remaining in fidelity to Him alone.
This Maker is your Husband. He is the One Who will say yes to you forever, fulfill His vows to you, care for you, watch over you and guide you all the days of your life. He will stay with you in the hard times, the weak moments, and the days you are oblivious to His love. He will remain your steadfast supporter and defender no matter what. His vows stick. As you read His Word you will find all the promises He made to you, His bride, are unbroken and unchangeable. Even though another may have broken your heart, forgotten their vows to you and walked away, God will not change towards you.
God loves you and He’s for you. Rejoice and reaffirm who you belong to and enjoy this match made in heaven all the days of your life!
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! KJV
Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband– the LORD Almighty is His name– the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth. NIV
Hosea 2:19 I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
I John 4:19 We love Him, because He first loved us. Amplified