People who made a vow to God must redeem it on time. In the Bible, God required the Israelites to be people of their word and redeem their pledges. The people must neither deny nor delay in keeping their promises. The Creator reminded his children that he would count it as an offense against anyone who fails to redeem his or her pledge before him. God said to the Israelites, “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. But if you abstain from vowing, it shall not be sin to you. That which has gone from your lips you shall keep and perform, for you voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth” (Deuteronomy 23:21-23).
God is a God of promise; he never fails anyone. Jehovah wants his children to emulate his attitude also. He wants us to be people of our words and keep promises. Most importantly, Christians must fulfill whatever we have promised God. We must not claim that we have forgotten whatever we promised him.
Meanwhile, some Christians are careless with their words in the presence of God. Some promised God many things, which they never revisit to fulfill. People walk away from their promises after God has helped them. Unfortunately, a man may claim to have forgotten his promises but God will not forget. The Creator counts every failed promise as an offense.
An example of a failed promise is someone who cried to God for his help while in crisis with a statement, “O God if you can help me through this difficult moment, I will serve you for the rest of my life.” Meanwhile, the person soon forgot his promise after he has received God’s help; he walked away and returned to his sin. However, God who doesn’t forget anything will make the person pay for it. He will request for his right (The promise made to him); he will punish the offender.
Believers should consider it an important lesson to honor our words in God’s presence. We must fulfill our promises to make God proud. Jehovah will reward our faithfulness. He will bless us if we can keep our words and redeem our pledges in a timely fashion. As every child of God knows that God’s blessing always makes a lasting impact.
Dear God, please make me someone that keeps his (or her) word! Forgive my past failures of not keeping my promises to you! Give me the ability to start honoring my promises before you. Empower me to satisfy you with honesty and faithful services. As I aspire to meet your expectations, please open the new doors of opportunity into my life, and bless me beyond measure. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
Post by James Taiwo - author of [Bible Giants of Faith] [Bible Application Lessons] [Book of Prayer] [Christian Principle Guides] & others. Learn more about the author at www.BibleLifeLesson.com View all posts by James Taiwo