”When you vow a vow unto God, defer not to pay it, for he has no pleasure in fools, pay that which you have vowed. Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay” - Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
When a man feels desperate to get out of a troubling situation, he may be inclined to making a promise unto God to do a particular thing in exchange for getting him out of the situation, thereby placing himself under an obligation to pay what he promised. But how soon is the promise forgotten when he is gotten out of trouble.
When you have opened your mouth and made a vow unto the Lord, know that there is no turning back. You cannot go back and say that you have changed your mind, or made a mistake, especially after God has delivered on his part. Hastiness for help in a troubling situation should never lead you to make any kind of a vow unto the Lord, but instead, it should lead you to leaning on the Lord to help you through the situation.
In making requests unto the Lord, He never said prayers should be made with a promise to do some deed before he would answer. But, blinded from the ability to think clearly and wisely in a desperate situation, we feel that in doing so, this might speed up God's help for us. But, the truth is, it is God's grace, mercy and prerogative to answer us now, later, or never.
If you have made a vow unto the Lord, do not try to avoid it, or find excuses to be cleared of it. Pay it in full and hold nothing back. The more it is put off, the less obligated you will feel in paying it.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.