Marriage Vows

Ruth 1:17b

“May the LORD deal with me, be it ever severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”

Although this was what Ruth said to her mother-in-law Naomi (after Ruth’s husband died and Naomi urged her to leave her and go back to her own people), it makes me wonder, “What would a marriage be like if we have this determination to stay together and work things out with the utmost loyalty?” (Note that we are not talking about domestic abuse or unrepentant adultery here.)

Relationships are hard, marriages are hard, but life is not easy in general. God wills a husband and wife to remain in a marriage for His redemptive purposes, to reveal the sins in our hearts, and use this challenging and sometimes difficult environment to change us to be more like Christ. That’s why He says in Mark 10:9, “‘Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.'”

In Christ, we have hope, even when things look impossible. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) Cling to Jesus and allow Him to work in and through you. Do not give up.

He Empowers Us

Judges 5:31

“‘But may they who love you be like the sun

when it rises in its strength.'”

Be encouraged today as we seek to live in a broken world, in a life that might be messy, yet continue to seek God and his holiness. The ones who follow the Lord, the ones he loves, he will not let them go, but he will guide their steps along the way, protect them from evil, give them strength to run like the noon sun.

Like the Psalm beautifully sings,

“Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:9-11)