He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations. Psalm 105:8
Love is a covenant…
It’s more intense than a contract. It can’t be broken lightly. It shouldn’t be broken at all.
That was then, this is now…
Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Ruth 1:16
Ruth made a covenant promise to Naomi never to leave her. That is what marriage is: a covenant promise. In God’s economy, there is no giving up, no divorce. The vows we take say for better or for worse, but when the worse comes, we look for a way out. No! Marriage isn’t a fun game to play when you feel like it. It is a deep commitment that forever changes the people who enter into it! This is not a step to take on a whim!
In the scripture above, Ruth agrees to follow Naomi. She agrees to live with her. She agrees to share her family as her own. She agrees to turn her back on her own religion and adopt Naomi’s God. WOW! Ruth did a wonderful thing, here. This is also what we do when we enter into the covenant relationship of marriage. We agree to travel a path with another individual. That doesn’t mean when the road gets rocky, we quit. It means we help each other over the rocks.
Papa, I thank You that You have traveled with me and my husband in our marriage. I praise Jesus for binding Himself to us so that we are that cord of three strands that is not easily broken. Thank You for molding us into the types of people who don’t give up and leave the other without help. Please continue to strengthen us in this area. Bless our future by drawing us closer to You and each other. Walk with us each day until we meet You face-to-face. In Christ’s name. Amen.