Vow to the Lord, Deuteronomy 21-23. How good it would be for Christians to return to the day when their spoken word would be as solid of a promise as though it were written and signed.
21 “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. 22 But if
you refrain from vowing, you will not be guilty of sin. 23 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.
Deuteronomy 23:21-23, English Standard Version
Deuteronomy 21-23 details several laws concerning treatment of others, both of the nation of Israel as well as foreigners in the land. The verses shown above impressed me; though they are very succinct, they are filled with volumes in their implications.
How easy it is to make a vow to the Lord; in the height of an emotional moment when we are overflowing with love for God, we can be quick to make lifelong promises to Him. Is the person sitting next to us who does not make a vow less Godly?
Making a vow before God is wonderful--our whole lives should be totally devoted to Him. It is important that our lives be totally given to God in every area of our lives. However, we should be careful to think through our vows, because once they are given to God, we are responsible for fulfilling them. This is also true of vows we make to others.
I think these verses impressed me because I am a rather impetuous person, especially given to making promises at a moment's notice. I am very thankful for my dear husband, because he is the one sitting next to me who will not jump right in without some very careful thought. He has been good for me, and has even taught me to say "no" to requests from others that he knows will totally overwhelm me.
How good it would be for Christians to return to the day when their spoken word would be as solid of a promise as though it were written and signed. Pray today that God would help you in everything you do and say; that the words out of your mouth would be as dependable as though they were a promise written in ink; as though they were a vow to God, Himself!
And, whether or not you have made that vow, may your life be filled and overflowing with a great love for this wonderful Savior who gave His very life for us. Nothing we do in this life is more important than our service to God, for, truly, what an amazing God we serve!
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