Deuteronomy 23: Promises to God Are Serious
Promises have become a part of our everyday vernacular. It is not hard to promise somebody something, and we use those phrases quite often.
Deuteronomy 23 warns us that any promise of God is something that we should take very seriously.
Deu 23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
Ideally, we should follow through on every promise we make, but promises made to God obviously carry a little more weight.
Perhaps this is why James counsels us not to enter into any type of oath.
Jas 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Yes, I have no doubt that we should commit to things that we would want to do for God. Some obvious examples are giving up certain sins or committing to work in the ministry.
Both of these are excellent things, but we need to really make sure that it is something we are willing to follow through on before we literally promise God that we will.
Ecc 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
Ecc 5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
I know that this might be a little bit too late to be helpful, but I am sure that some people made promises to God in lieu of making a New Year’s resolution. However, the Bible makes it very clear that these types of promises are a big deal.
I am not discouraging them whatsoever, but I would say that you need to know what you’re really saying and the weight of your words.