Wednesday, 19 June 2013

BE CAREFUL WHEN MAKING VOWS

 TEXT: JUDGES 11:30-39
A vow is a promise to do a specific thing.
As believers we are fond of making vows when we want God to do some things for us. Many make their vows out of emotions or anxiety, some makes vow out of ignorance, they don’t really know the implication of making a vow and not redeeming it.
Jephthah made a vow to the lord, when he wanted to go and fight the Ammonites, he said “ If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the lord’s and I will sacrifice as a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31).
Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. When he returned into his house, guess who came to meet him? His only daughter! She was dancing to the sound of tambourine of victory. Jephthah had no other son or daughter, the girl was the only child he had, when he saw who came out of the door of his house, he tore his cloth and cried, he said “Oh daughter! You have made me miserable and wretched, because I have made a vow to the lord that I cannot break.” He ended up sacrificing his innocent daughter to fulfil his vow.

The lesson here is that we should be very careful when making our vows, God does not joke with vows. “If you make a vow to the lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the lord your God will CERTAINLY DEMAND IT OF YOU and you will be guilty of sin.” (Deuteronomy 23:21)
Don’t make a vow out of your emotions; don’t let the situation you are in push you to make vows that you will find difficult to redeem.
Be sensible when making a vow, you are not compelled to make vows; are you?. Deuteronomy 23:22-23 says “If you refrain from making a vow, you will not be guilty. Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the lord your God with your own mouth.”
Vow sensibly and redeem your vows.

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