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.

The Compassionate Lord

Mark 8:1-3, 8

“…Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus…said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already bene with me three days and have nothing to eat…they will collapse…because some of them have come a long distance’…The people ate and were satisfied.”

This passage teaches how compassionate Jesus is toward those who follow and seek him. It’s the same for our spiritual journey. Sometimes we get faint-hearted after trying to stand in trials and our hearts might feel empty or extremely anxious or fearful facing the ‘giant’, like the people who would collapse in this story if they did not receive grace from God, and Jesus would not let us go on that way. He has compassion on us. It teaches us to endure in hardships, trusting that Christ will come to help and deliver us, in a real and practical way, just like how he fed the four thousand with food. Jesus is our Manna in the wilderness. He will come and feed us, and we will eat and drink from his fountain of life and be satisfied. He is faithful to his promise.