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. Deuteronomy 23:23
Moses brings up a good point about vows or promises. He tells the people that no matter what they promised God, they must do it. They were not forced to make the promise, so there is no one else to blame for the promise.
Promises to God are easily made. This can be very true when a person is going through an extremely difficult time. Many people have been known during an accident or a major sickness to say to God, “if you get me out of this situation I will serve you…(fill in the blank)”. The end of that statement is often serving in full-time ministry, going to church, being a missionary, giving more money to the church, or some other sacrificial serving of God.
The sad part is that God, often, brings the person through the situation and the person forgets about the promise. They try to say that they made it while stressed and wasn’t thinking correctly. They excuse it away.
God does not allow it to be excused away. If you make a vow to God, it is you who made it, not someone else. No one forced you to make the promise, so you cannot blame someone else for it. God did not even force you to make that promise.
Since you made it, you must fulfill it.
Jesus had said to be careful, because ever idle word will be taken into account. Quick promises to God are examples of idle words. God does not take any of your words lightly or try to excuse them away.
If you make a promise and do not fulfill it, you are guilty of a sin. It is better to not make a promise, then to make one and not do it. This is true with promises to God as well as with promises to people.
What promises have you made to God?
Have you strived to fulfill them?
Or did you ignore your promises?
I pray today that God guide you in your words; that you will not make any quick promises; that God will strengthen you to fulfill every promise you made; and that you will watch the words you speak both to people and to God.