“Dear God, if you healed my son, I will give 50% of my money to the church.”
“Dear God, if you bless my business, I will devote all of my life to you and I won’t complain no more.”
“Dear God, if I get an A+ plus on this exam, I will read the bible every day and praise you every morning.”
Come on, how many of you made a vow to God and not fulfill it? I mean, me too, I vowed to God for sin that I committed, I promised to him that this was the last time and I would never do it again. And guess what, Yes, I did it again. We all have our problems and often we bring it up to the Lord, either it is a struggle with sin, financial problems, or it could be anything. Emotionally, people tend to make promises to God for something that they themself cannot fulfill. A Vow or a Promise to God shouldn’ t be treated in an emotional way but rather you have to think it through it all, will you be able to fulfill it to God.
“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasures with fools, fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it,” Ecclesiastes 5:4–5
The Bible tells us that people who don’t fulfill their vows are fools. Don’t delay your vows, it is better not to make one and not fulfill it. When we pray after maybe we encounter a problem, don’t take it emotionally. Calm yourself first, and then pray to God. “Do not be quick with your mouth and do not be hasty with your heart, God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few,” Ecclesiastes 5:2.
You can make promises to God as long as you have the capacity to fulfill it. But, before we make any promises to God, we need to think about it out deeply, because if we fail, we committed a sin. Paul gives us a better solution in Rome 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.” As Christian, it would be better if we offer ourselves, our life to the living God, by doing what he wants us to do in this life instead of giving him our empty promises without the proper knowledge.
I invite you to take your time off from your work, from social media, from games, and take your bible to get to know our God. God Bless You!