I recall, as a young child, making “pinky promises” with friends. I’d hook my pinky finger with theirs and we’d proclaim, “I pinky promise to “. This was the most sacred of vows made to my dear friends. It’s funny how a simple childhood tradition became somewhat of a prerequisite to my future wedding vows.
“I, Rachael, take you, [Name], to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”
These were the very words spoken under oath before God, our family, and our friends. But, after days, months, and years have gone by these words have become obsolete.
I’m not implying my marriage is bad and that I desire to leave. In fact, my husband and I have made a commitment to never speak of divorce- no matter how tough the going gets. However, when bad moments arise I will be the first to admit that those wedding promises are the very last thing on my mind.
When times get hard, I don’t meditate on being true, showing love, and honoring my husband. I can act like a nag, get a sarcastic tone, and vent to others. All of which are in direct opposition to that oath I made. And, those were the most sacred of vows I made to my dear friend.
After I came to truly know Christ, I made a verbal proclamation of my life change and acceptance of salvation. I asked Christ for forgiveness of my sins. I acknowledged that He died to free me of those sins. I asked Him to enter my heart and my life. And, then, I vowed that I would trust and follow Him all the days of my life.
When moments have been tough, I have not always faithfully kept this vow. I have not always exhibited unwavering trust. I have not always followed what God’s Word promises me to get through ‘the bad’. Again, living in direct opposition to that most sacred of vows I made to my dear friend, Jesus.
“When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.”- Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 (NLT)
Today is a new day, and I would like to start afresh. I thank God for bringing me revelation of my oppositional tendencies. My prayer is to be freed, by Christ, from the broken promises I’ve made to God, to my husband, and to anyone else. I invite the Holy Spirit’s supernatural presence to empower me to fulfill and keep my promises. From this day forward:
“I, Rachael, take you, Jesus, to be my Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Leader, and Friend. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me fulfill my promise to be true to You, and Your beloved people- in good times and in bad. I know, my God, that you examine [my] heart and rejoice when you find integrity there (1 Chronicles 29:17). I choose to love the Lord [my] God with all [my] heart, all [my] soul, all [my] mind, and all [my] strength (Mark 12:20). I want to honor You in whatever [I] do, so as I do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) for all the days of my life.”
“Then I will sing praises to your name forever as I fulfill my vows each day.”- Psalm 61:8 (NLT)