For Better or Worse

By:  Mary Beth Corbin


BIBLE TEXT: Job 1:20

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart,
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Wedding season is definitely upon us. Last Friday, most of us ladies probably woke up early or at least DVR’d the Royal Wedding to see all the elegance that royalty can offer. I was also able to go to my cousin’s wedding in North Carolina this weekend, complete with helicopter exit for the Bride and Groom after the reception. At every wedding, we see two persons take vows for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.  I am almost positive on this happy day, however, couples are probably not thinking of the negative, but the positive things that can come from making this promise to each other.

PERSONAL APPLICATION: When we enter a relationship with our Lord, are we just in this for the good things and the blessing that comes with knowing Jesus, or are we in it for better or for worse? As you can see in plenty of texts in the Bible, a lot of Godʼs most faithful were plagued by troubles in their lives. Life was not always perfect. We know that Job was tested by the devil, he lost his family, his health, and still he was commited to God and his relationship to Him. We know the Isrealites were in slavery for over 400 years, but did they not bring as much glory to God as did Moses? There couldnʼt be deliverance without bondage. My question for each of us today is this:  are we in this thing for better or for worse, sickness and in health? In the sunshine and in the heaviest storms? In blessings and in the darkest of times? Of course we do not want hard times in our life, but they will happen. In 2 Timothy 3:1 we see that perilous times will come, but isnʼt it during these times that we need Him the most? The reason we enter a relationship with our Jesus Christ is because of what He has done for us, the love He has for us, and we have for Him. I pray that we fall deeper and more intimate in love with our Lord each day and that no matter what happens that we stay in a committed relationship with Him.

PRAYER: Dear God, I commit to this relationship I have in You. Lord I pray that in good times and bad I will still seek you and know that You want what’s best for me, that You love me and that you will protect me. Lord I pray that I fall more deeply in love with you each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the Author: MaryBeth Corbin has been a citizen of Life Assembly for over 4 years. She works as a barista in Speed the Latte and is a leader in Shift 122 Youth Ministries. Her passions in life are Jesus, music, The Beatles, traveling (especially cruises), and movies.

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