If you were to read Numbers chapter 30, you would read about a Law the Lord God gave to the people of Israel about making vows. It got me thinking about what I’ve heard people say over the years about making a promise to God, only for them to break it. Here’s what the Bible says…
“This is the word which the LORD has commanded. If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.” Numbers 30:1-2
Now please understand, this vow is a promise made to God. Remember? We’ve said things like, “O God, I promise I won’t do it again!” or “God, I promise if you allow me to get this job, I’ll go to church more,” or “Lord, if you heal my body I’ll serve you,” or “Lord, I promise I’ll be a better husband,” “God I promise if you get me out of this, I won’t do it again.” Yet we never hold to our end of the vow. Aren’t you glad God doesn’t just strike us dead for not keeping our end of the bargain?
Bottom line? Stop making promises you don’t intend to keep. That’s like constantly saying you’re sorry when you know you really don’t mean it. That’s like asking for forgiveness for a lie. That’s like taking the blame for a mistake you have every intention of making again. It just doesn’t make sense.
We need to be people who say what we mean and mean what we say. We need to stop trying to be something we were not meant to be but would like to be because it looks good or sounds good. We need to stop making promises that are cheap words. Why? Because God’s going to hold us accountable and He’s coming back one day to repossess what belongs to Him. That’s right! Just about the time you think all hell is breaking loose on your life, it might just be God reclaiming His stuff. You did make a vow after all. You promised! All I’m trying to get you to understand is this – don’t make a promise you don’t have any intention on keeping, because they are easy to make and hard to pay for.
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today. Here’s what it says in the Bible…
“When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it, for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands? For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.” Ecclesiastes 5:4-7
Help me be a man (a woman) of my word. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen