Today is my 30th wedding anniversary. Little did my wife and I know at the time that our vows to one another would be put to the test time and time again over the years: a commitment to be with each for better or for worse; to hang in there whether rich or poor; to persevere in sickness or in health till the very end. Through all the ups and the downs, I am tremendously thankful that Mary and I are together. No matter the circumstance, we will face it together.
Just as in a marriage there are times that stretch the relationship and the couple must make choices for the benefit of each other, so the follower of God will face difficulty as a believer and must make a decision to remain faithful. “My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being…. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”
If we lived by the whims of our feelings many of us would not get out of bed in the morning, and not even bother to put on pants when we do. Yet, many believers take such an approach in their relationship with God, praying when they feel like it and praising him only when things are going their way. But the psalmist chose to give thanks to God because of who God is. He made the daily decision of being faithful by choosing to look at the faithfulness of God. The truth is that God is with us, and he longs for us to recognize it and enjoy it because that is the nature of a committed relationship.
Loving God, I give you thanks for your constant never-ending commitment to me. Help me to so connect with you and your love that it forms and shapes my every decision and each relationship, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.