A commitment is a promise or pledge to be faithful, devoted and consistent – it’s your word. Throughout biblical history and even today, there have been times when humankind has been unfaithful regarding their commitments; especially with God. Have you ever made a promise to a peer, friend, a family member or someone else, but then things got difficult, you were busy, or something better came along and you decided that you no longer wanted to fulfill the promise you originally made? I think many of us can attest to this.
I think one of the most challenging commitment issues we are facing in our society today is the skyrocketing statistics of unfaithfulness and infidelity in relationships. According to Compare Camp (https://comparecamp.com/cheating-statistics/) the 2020 statistics show that 20% of married couples are likely to encounter infidelity. Meanwhile, 70% of unmarried couples may have to deal with cheating in the course of their relationship.
Houston… we have a problem! This should shake us – why is there so much unfaithfulness? Or why are we compromising our commitments? If this is occurring in our marriages and other relationships, I wonder how serious we are about our commitment to our relationship with God. Are you faithful to Him or do you put your busy schedule before Him, your friends before Him, your agenda, your family, sports, job, or classes? I think this is a good time for each of us to re-evaluate our commitment to God. Let’s remove anything that has priority over our relationship with Him and let’s be fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. He has always been faithful to us – let’s be faithful in return.
Scriptures to Ponder:
- 2 Chronicles 20:32-33 (NLT) – “Jehoshaphat was a good king, following the ways of his father, Asa. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. During his reign, however, he failed to remove all the pagan shrines, and the people never fully committed themselves to follow the God of their ancestors.”
- Hosea 1:2 (NIV) – “When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.”