Ecclesiastes, the place where we find a wise king’s words strung together. Where things are contemplated. Where we learn of our need to seek God. God is eternal. He is our sustenance. He endures forever. He is worthy of our reverence and seeking to heed to His Words.
“When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” – Ecc. 5:4-5
Have you made a vow to God that you allowed to go unfulfilled? I am sure we all have, but it doesn’t mean we should. A vow is serious business. If we may have made a vow before God our Creator, we need to be faithful to keep our word. Our words…and vows should mean something.
In Deuteronomy 23, we can learn the significance of not keeping a vow before God…
“If you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay fulfilling it, for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin. But if you refrain from vowing, you will not be guilty of sin. You shall be careful to do what has passed your lips, for you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth.”
We may feel as though making a vow (or promise) is “no big deal” if we don’t keep it.
To God, it matters. It should matter, to us. God delights in us, and in our keeping of our vows to Him. Isn’t that always a plus? To have the God of the Universe – delight in us.
Still thinking on Lent? Contemplating making a vow before God? Making a vow is not a bad thing, but we need to be wise in how we go about it. Is it something we are willing to keep? While thinking on vows, remember God’s grace grace when we come before Him acknowledging we have sinned. We have messed up. We rely on His forgiveness, and He is faithful and justice to forgive us. He cleanses us, removing the sins from the east to the west. So, we can start anew today. Make today a brand new day in your walk with Christ. Bring before Him your struggles.