“Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” – 1 Samuel 12:23-24
A dictionary search of the word “Devotion” yields the meaning “loving loyalty, faithfulness, and commitment.” When God first called me to write a devotion and bible lesson every day it was actually pretty easy. The topics and words came readily with passion and excitement, but as time went on the butterflies wore off and it began to take more effort. I had to get up earlier and earlier, press in harder, and sacrifice more. It was easy to start this journey in obedience because it began with passion but true to all passions, that fades and must be replaced with devotion. Now, ironic as it may be, it takes devotion to write the devotions. Yet when I devote the time and effort to commune with God out of love, respect, commitment and faithfulness to receive this Daily Manna, it rekindles that passion as it brings me into deeper relationship with Him, greater understanding of His character, and fresh revelation of His Words, then I ever got in the “honeymoon stage” of butterflies, chills, and easy emotional highs. To put it simply, though it takes more effort it is far more meaningful to both me and to God and therefore is more satisfying in the end.
All relationships that come by way of “choice” take devotion. Their will be an initial honeymoon stage that draws you in, whether it be your relationship with your spouse or with Christ, it works the same, but there comes a point where passion weakens and devotion either steps in to keep the fire going or else it is allowed to go out and die. You must make time to spend with God, whether you feel like it or not. No matter how tired you are, how tempting the distraction is, how upset you might be for not getting your way, you have to humble yourself and out of selfless loving devotion to the one who has shown His devotion toward you, come to Him, talk to Him, hear from Him, learn more about Him, serve Him, honor Him, and obey Him. Then take that same principle into you earthly marriage and both relationships will grow and flourish. Remember that we, as Christians, are the bride of Christ. Let us put forth the effort to be a devoted and faithful bride.
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:2