“God, if you’ll just do this for me, I promise I’ll …..”
You can complete that sentence above with so many things. Just a few I’ve heard before: I promise I’ll stop drinking, stop cussing, stop cheating on my husband. I promise I’ll start going to church, start tithing, start praying before my meals.
We’re looking at the second part of the sacrifice of fools today. The sacrifice of fools is mentioned in Ecclesiastes 5 and this part is in verse 4, “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.”
The second part of the sacrifice of fools is making a vow to God and not fulfilling it. Do we follow every promise we make to God, even the last minute, in-the-midst-of-crisis, vows to God? A thoughtless vow to God is still a vow. Are we men and women of our word? The consequences of breaking our vow (besides being labeled a fool) are mentioned in the following verses. “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into 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?”What is the result of breaking a vow to God? God will destroy what you have done. Our vows are important to God. They are our verbal commitment to Him of a decision we have made in our heart. They should be made carefully and with much thought.
Have you made a vow to God? Are you actively seeking to fulfill that vow? If not, confess and repent to God and start anew to fulfill your vow. After all, this is one way God will seek to bless and honor the work that you have done.Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
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