Have you ever found yourself making a vow that if God would manage to bring you out of this situation, you would never do again? Oh I must admit that I have. But I didn’t always honor the vows I had made. Yes, I tried to steer clear of it but some how, I found myself on that slippery slope of sin again.
Now I come to your temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you–Yes the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. Psalm 66:13
Trouble has a way of making us vow to change our habits or behavior. But just how many really take seriously the vows spoken? A multitude of wedding ceremonies exchange vows that carry less weight than the weight of the paper the marriage license is written upon.
What is that causes one to make a vow and then not keep it?
Jephthah was one man who made a rash vow voluntarily that if God would give him victory, he would sacrifice whatever the first thing that came out of his house to meet him. (see Judges 11:29-39)
Do you know what/who came out first? His only daughter
Oh how grieved he was that he had spoken such words. But even his daughter encouraged him to keep the vow he had made to God, although she knew it meant death for her.
Do we encourage others to keep their marriage vows or do we just stand by watching them skate with compromise?
Are we honoring our own vows?
In verse 13 of Psalm 66, the psalmist says because of his vow, he is sacrificing burnt offerings. In today’s time we aren’t required to sacrifice rams or bullocks. Nevertheless, sacrifice and death are still required of us to keep a vow. We have to be willing to die to our own wills and make sacrifices for others even when we would rather not. And even when the one we vowed to is not behaving vow-worthy.
It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Ecclesiastes 5:5 (NIV)