Friday, August 9, 2013

Eccl. 5:4-7

v. 4-7 "When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it.  He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.  It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.  Do not let your mouth lead you to sin.  And do not protest to the temple messenger, 'My vow was a mistake.'  Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?  Much dreaming and many words are meaningless.  Therefore stand in awe of God."

Guard your words, think carefully before you make a vow to God.  We are better off not making one in the first place.  I have done this before and I don't want to go down this road again so I heed the warnings.  Our words can get us in so much trouble.  If you look around at the news and the Internet you can see there is a problem with people's words.  Instead of building others up they pick a side, dig their heels in and attack every chance they get.  I hardly even know what is going on because I don't watch the local news, it tends to be an extended crime report.  I am very leery about cable news channels.  When there is an obvious agenda then you will not get just facts, you will get twisted news.  I think watching those shows all the time could make people speak in the same manner as the hosts of the shows, and in many cases would be a sad thing indeed.  It is good to get away from the noise so that we are able to decompress. 

Vows were a big deal to the Israelites.  When a vow was made it was unbreakable.  Deut. 23:23 "Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth."  Do not make a pointless vow either.  For example if you don't eat meat and you vow that you never will then it would be pointless to make.  On the other hand, if you vow you will never eat chocolate again and you love it and will break this often, this is also pointless.

The price of vows:
  • at all cost you are to keep this vow so you don't break it before God
  • the enemy will look for ways to make you break your vow
  • a sense of pride could sneak in to think you are better than others who can't keep them
  • you may regret later the vow made in desperation

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