Renew Our Vows with God
us have heard of the concept of renewing wedding vows.
couple has been married for many years, the passionate love they initially
shared will likely settle into a deeper and steadier companionship. Over the
years, the love between them does not necessarily fade, but may become less
exciting. So at a certain milestone in their marriage, the couple might decide
to reaffirm their love for each other by renewing their wedding vows –
basically saying, “Hey, I’m glad I made the right choice of marrying you, and I
still want to continue living the rest of my life with you.”
covenant with God is likened to a marriage. The moment we are baptized and put
our faith in Jesus Christ is when we enter into a divine covenant with Him,
declaring to the universe that we now belong to Him and will love and
faithfully follow Him for eternity. While external circumstances can sometimes
distract us from the love we have for God, we must not let the passage of time
water down the intensity of our love for Him.
God yearns for us to reaffirm our love for Him.
of the number of years we’ve walked with God, let us consider renewing our vows
with Him. We can recall the love that we shared with our Husband (Isa 54:5) in
the beginning, and the joy and grace we have experienced along the way. We can remember
how He has, with deep love, carried us through the most difficult times and
accepted us in the multitude of our imperfections. And by reflecting upon the
crucial role He plays in our lives, we can recognize that we have become who we
are today because of Him.
choose to renew our love for God may vary for each individual. But a common
starting point is to invest more time and heart into improving the quality of
our relationship with Him through more sincere, heartfelt worship and focused spiritual
cultivation. As we uncover reasons to celebrate and appreciate our faith, we
will be better prepared to continue on the journey ahead.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
– Mt 22:37
Questions for Reflection
has your relationship with God developed or changed since you first believed
and entered into this covenant with Him?
of a personal experience that reassures you of continuing in this covenant with
can you renew your vow (i.e. reaffirm your love) with God? What changes would
you need to make in your life?