5/6: Our Vows


We use our words much too loosely and thoughtlessly. I especially cringe when I hear people evoke God’s name in their fits of rage. Besides the blatantly blasphemous outcry of the name of Jesus to show frustration, or attaching God’s name to a curse word, I’m particularly offended when someone declares, “I swear to God,” and then continues by asserting what he/she will or won’t do.

The words of our mouths are important, especially when we make vows to God. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 says, “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed–Better not to vow than to vow and not pay” (NKJ).

What vows have you made to God?

  • I’m going to stop smoking, overeating, drinking in excess, fornicating, etc. since I know my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • I’m going to start exercising, drinking water, eliminating salt, etc. for the same reason as above.
  • I’m going to read my Bible every day.
  • I’m going to pray more diligently.
  • I’m going to be a better husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, student, employee, church member, etc.
  • I’m going to tithe regularly.
  • God, if you just get me out of this one I’ll…

God says we are fools when we make vows to Him and then don’t follow through. Why? Because He’s true to His word. When we call on Him in a vow, He starts to move in our direction to assist us. He puts things in motion in the heavenly realm to bring about the blessings associated with the carrying out of those vows. For example:

  • When we seek God for help by vowing to turn away from evil, God starts the health machine working because He says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones” Proverbs 3:7-8.
  • When we vow to read our Bibles regularly, God starts to send stronger faith our way because “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17.
  • And when we vow to tithe, God starts binding up that which would seek to destroy us as He indicates when He says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse… And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field…” Malachi 3:10-11 (NKJ).

You see, God’s not like us. He actually takes us at our word (contrary to how we don’t take Him at His). Therefore, when we renege on our vows, we throw a wrench in the works of the very machine that has already started to manufacture blessings for us. Foolish!

So let’s not vow unless we mean it. And the next time we feel the need to make a vow to God, let’s remember the seriousness of what we are saying, and the lengths God Himself will go to in order to help us see it through. This knowledge should spur us on to successfully fulfill that vow, and engender a heart of gratefulness to God.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 6, 2013.

2 Responses to “5/6: Our Vows”

  1. Thank you very much.

  2. I solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, so help me God.

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