By Jennifer Moe
PhD Candidate, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
First, read Psalm 36:5-11
I once heard Ira Glass, host of the radio program This American Life, say that the best thing about being married is that it gives you time:
“I think, actually, one of the things that's a comfort in marriage is that there isn't a door at seven years. And so if something is messed up in the short term, there's the comfort of knowing like, well, we made this commitment. And so we're just going to work this out. And even if tonight we're not getting along or there's something between us that doesn't feel right, you have the comfort of knowing, we've got time."
I believe Glass is talking about being steadfast. Rather than his commitment making him feel trapped, Glass feels comforted. He knows he and his spouse have time to work out their problems, because that is what it means to be committed—your relationship is steadfast.
Psalm 36: 5-11 tells us that God’s love for us is steadfast. That means we also have time. Time to work out our faith with a God who loves us “to the heavens.” Time to wrestle with what we don’t understand. Time to pray and time to be silent. Time to “take refuge” in God’s presence and faithfulness. Time to forgive and be forgiven. Time to try and time to fail and try again.
Steadfast love gives us time.
A prayer: Loving God, thank you for your steadfast love. This Lenten season, help me to rest in your unwavering faithfulness, and teach me to be steadfast – in love, in commitments, and in faith. Help me to slow down and remember that we have time. Amen.
1. How does believing in God’s steadfast love allow you to relax into God’s presence?
2. How do you feel about Glass’s statement about commitment? How does his belief in the comfort of commitment make you feel about your own commitments, and what it means to be steadfast?
3. What are some things that you would wrestle with or try if you believed that God’s love was steadfast – that you had time?