“But Ruth said, ‘Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God.’” (Ruth 1: 16)
Total commitment! That is what Ruth was giving to her relationship with Naomi. She was not about to be dissuaded by anything — even the wishes expressed by Naomi were not going to change her mind. She was in it to the finish! Many people include these words from scripture in their weddings because of this unqualified commitment. Karen and I did and our marriage has survived for 50 years now, and as Karen often says: “We still like each other!” We remain committed to each other and those promises made so many years ago. We have enjoyed each other but it has required some effort from us to make that enjoyment last. I might say at this point that it is my firm belief that more effort was required from Karen — she has made it very easy for me to enjoy our life together.
I believe God expects this same unqualified commitment in our relationship with Him. He uses marriage as a model of his relationship with His people. He certainly has shown how committed He is to us through the life, death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ! His love for us is there for all to see. The grace of our God is there for us. He has promised to always be with us. All we need to do is ask and He will make His presence known to us. He tells us to seek Him out and we will find Him! He is committed to us.
If both partners in a marriage are expected to be totally committed to that relationship, are we not also expected to be totally committed to our relationship with God? It seems highly likely that this is what God expects from us … unqualified commitment! I can only speak for myself, of course, but I have found that this is not easy. It does require effort on my part. I pray every day that when I wander off God will reel me back to Him. My commitment requires daily renewal and is dependant upon the love He extends to me!