Whenever I hear the word “devoted” I think of that song from the musical “Grease” when Sandy is singing about Danny and how much she can’t help loving him. “Totally devoted to youuuu…” You know that one?
This morning while reading today’s devotional in Jesus Calling this line stood out to me: “I go before you to open up the way, and I also walk alongside you. There could never be another companion as devoted as I am.”¹ (Jesus Calling reads as if Jesus is talking to the reader personally.) I looked up the word devoted and found this definition: as a noun – “zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty or affection” and as a verb – “to give up or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.” ²
I’ve heard a lot about people being devoted to something or someone, and to God, but hadn’t really thought of God being devoted to us, not in those certain terms. It does say in the Bible that God is a “consuming fire, a jealous God” (Deuteronomy 4:24). He is not jealous of us, He is jealous for us – for our attention. The Word says that God is love (I John 4:8), that His faithfulness reaches to the skies (Psalm 36:5), that He is always true and keeps His word (Psalm 145:13). I love the verse in Romans that says if God gave up His only Son for us, how would He not also give us every good thing? That He is for us and nothing can separate us from His devoted love (Romans 8:31-35).
Why would God be devoted to humans? Made from dust, prone to disobey and often fickle-hearted, we don’t seem the most logical objects of devotion from anyone, much less the One, true, holy, almighty, Creator God who is the Beginning and the End. His “zealous ardent loyalty to us” is a mystery that may never be solved in my mind until I see Him in heaven someday, and then I probably won’t care. I’ll just be glad. I’m glad now! How could I not love Him so fiercely and faithfully in return?
Could I be more ardent, more faithful, more attached to Him? Definitely. How do I do that? I’m not completely sure, but I feel that I can ask Him to help me just like I can ask Him to help me in my unbelief at times to believe more. I can ask Him to help me in my lack of love, my not-so-constant affection and attention. Maybe just walking with Him intentionally day by day will also help because He is love, so if His love fills me and inspires me and teaches me and rubs off on me I can learn to love Him the way He loves me. I am aiming for that! I want to be able to sing to Him with all sincerity and truthfulness, “I’m totally devoted to you, Father God. I can’t help loving You.”
How about you? Who or what are you devoted to?
“Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.” Psalm 86:1-3 NLT
“Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!” Deuteronomy 6:5 The Msg
¹Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, page 4/January 3 entry.