Commitment: The act or process of entrusting or consigning. An engagement or pledge to do something. Commit: To devote (oneself) unreservedly.
Devotion for Commitment
Marriage is probably the biggest earthly commitment we make. Little girls dream about their wedding; who will they marry, how many children they will have, etc. Couples start their new lives together, full of joy and anticipation, looking forward to building a future together. They’re constantly hugging & kissing and can’t stand to be apart. It’s them against the world!
However, as anyone who has been married for quite a few years knows, as time goes by, the rose-colored glasses become much clearer. “I need my space!” He’s not as attentive and romantic as he used to be, and what happened to all the nice clothes he used to wear? She doesn’t hang on his every word anymore and she has gained a few pounds. The stars in their eyes have turned into the realization that he or she isn’t as perfect as they thought! What happened? Life . . . it’s that simple! But are these reasons to break the vow or commitment that was made to each other . . . to love and honor one another, in good times and bad, `til death do you part? Certainly not! Over time, their romantic, physical love is changing into a deeper love for the true inner person. The way they comfort each other and without giving it a second thought, they finish each other’s sentence. The way they’ve come to depend on each other and value the other one’s opinion. They truly are becoming one, just as God intended. Genesis 2:24.
Our relationship with God is very much like a marriage In fact, the bible refers to Jesus as the bridegroom (Matthew 9:15) and the collective body of Christ, as the bride (Revelations 19:7). I fell in love with Jesus many years ago and vowed in my heart, that I would spend the rest of my life trusting him and his guidance. I committed myself to him, heart, body and soul. I believe that he knows what is best for me in all situations.
Just like a marriage, in the early days of my relationship with God, I was so excited. I couldn’t get enough of the bible. I wanted to be in church every time the doors were open. I would talk about God and Jesus to anyone who would listen. But just like the early days of marriage, my relationship with God was very immature. God didn’t always answer my prayers when or how I thought he would. I was also eager to share my newfound faith and love for God, but people were not as eager to listen. Over time, my excitement began to wane. However, as I grew in my knowledge of God and learned to trust him through life’s difficulties, our relationship grew deeper and deeper. The excitement that I felt in the early days has grown into a much deeper love and commitment, than I could have ever imagined.
God is faithful . . . always! He will not break his commitment to me and I will not break my commitment to him. What God says he will do . . . he will do. What we say we will do, we should do. Being a committed person and fulfilling our commitments, are honorable and worthy characteristics to attain. Even though it may be difficult or not convenient, be a man, woman or child of your word. People want to know that they can depend on you.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Deuteronomy 23:23 Whatever your lips utter, you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.
Matthew 5:33 Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.”
Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.