Several weekends ago, I participated as a groomsman in my fourth wedding. While standing up there watching two friends get married, I started to think about the ceremony. People worry about the band, the flowers, the dresses, the guest list and thousands of other small details. But are these things really important? After the wedding is over the most important thing is the love the couple has for each other and the vows they have made.Wedding albums get tossed aside, rings get lost, memories fade, friends move on, but the vows will always be there. I started to think about how this applies to me and my relationship with God. Isaiah, Hosea, Solomon, Jesus and Paul all compared man’s relationship with God to being married. Isaiah wrote, “As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee” (Isaiah 62:5). God has made vows to us declaring his love and provision.
We in turn make vows to God. While God always comes through on his word (Numbers 23:19), men do not. Solomon warns against making idle promises to God. He wrote, “When thou vowest a vow to God, defer not to pay it for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou has vowed. Better it is that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay” (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5). The good news is that God understands how we are made. He offers us tender mercies every morning. Yet we should strive in Christ to fulfill our vows to God.
Many people do not keep their wedding vows. They get tossed aside just as quickly as stale wedding cake. What would happen if a couple were to frame their vows and read it each week? What would happen if we kept our promises always on our hearts and minds? Keeping our vows is the outward expression of a love held deep inside the heart.
When was the last time you stopped to consider your vows to God? What do you regularly promise God as you sing worship songs, recite liturgy or pray? Be slow to speak and quick to follow through on your promises. Your vows give your relationships structure and purpose.
Open up the Word and search for God’s promises to you, His beloved. Then stop and consider what vows you have made to God. Maybe you have never ever declared your love for God. There is no better time to start than now. When you feel your relationship with your spouse or especially God starting to wane, pull out your vows and recommit yourself. The Bible calls us to love in deeds not just words. Vows are not to be feared or forgotten but cherished.
With this ring, I thee wed…