READ: Genesis 2:18-25 For this reason a man shall . . . be joined to his wife. —Matthew 19:5 I wear only two pieces of jewelry: a wedding band on my fingerMessage 1 of 90 , Jul 8, 2011View SourceREAD: Genesis 2:18-25
For this reason a man shall . . . be joined to his wife. —Matthew 19:5
I wear only two pieces of jewelry: a wedding band on my finger and a small
Celtic cross on a chain around my neck. The ring represents my vow to be
faithful to Carolyn, my wife, as long as I shall live. The cross reminds me
that it is not for her sake alone, but for Jesus’ sake that I do so. He has
asked me to be faithful to her until death shall separate us.
A marriage vow is more than a contract that we can break by paying damages. It
is a unique vow that is explicitly intended to be binding until death separates
us (Matt. 19:6). The words “for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in
sickness and in health” take into consideration the probability that it will
not be easy to keep our vows. Circumstances may change and so may our spouses.
Marriage is hard at best; disagreements and difficult adjustments abound. While
no one must live in an abusive and dangerous relationship, accepting the
difficulties of poverty, hardship, and disappointment can lead to happiness. A
marriage vow is a binding obligation to love, honor, and cherish one another
for as long as we shall live because Jesus has asked us to do so. As a friend
of mine once put it, “This is the vow that keeps us faithful even when we don’t
feel like keeping our vows.” —David Roper
“For better or for worse,” we pledge,
Through sickness and through strife;
And by the help and grace of God
We’ll keep these vows for life. —D. De Haan
Love is more than a feeling; it’s a commitment.
READ: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26 Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26 Do you know which psalm is quoted most often inMessage 90 of 90 , Nov 1, 2012View SourceREAD: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26
Do you know which psalm is quoted most often in the New Testament? You may have guessed the familiar and beloved 23rd Psalm, but actually it is
Psalm 22. This psalm begins with David’s poignant, heart-breaking words
that were quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34).
Imagine the situation David must have found himself in that caused him to cry
out to God in this way. Notice that he felt forsaken and abandoned: “Why are You so far from helping me?” (Ps. 22:1). He also felt ignored: “O
my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear” (v.2).
Ever been there? Have you ever looked up into the heavens and wondered why
it seemed that God had abandoned you, or was ignoring you? Welcome to
David’s world. But for every plaintive cry David expresses, there is a
characteristic of God mentioned that rescues him from despondency.
Through it all, David discovers that God is holy (v.3), trustworthy
(vv.4-5), a deliverer and rescuer (vv.8,20-21), and his strength (v.19).
Do you feel forsaken? Seek the Lord. Rehearse His character. And “let your heart rejoice with everlasting joy” (v.26 nlt). —Dave Branon
Lord, sometimes I feel as if You don’t care about
my life. When those times come, please remind me
of Your character as You did David. Help me to
lean on You again and know that You are there.
Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.