Numbers 30:2 Keep Your Vows

When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. Numbers 30:2

Vows are something that are held very loosely in society as a whole. Promises and vows are easily made, but are quickly broken on a regular basis.

People are quick to find loopholes in their vows to keep them from having to fulfill the vow. It is common for people not to trust others because promises have been broken so many times already.

Moses said that God told the people that if a man makes a vow to the Lord or some oath of obligation, he must fulfill it completely.

In the heat or excitement of a moment, it is easy to make a promise or vow. However, it may take a lot to actually fulfill that vow. Making a vow will often require some to a lot of sacrifice in order for it to be fulfilled.

Believers are known for making vows to God in a difficult situation. They will say, “if God gets me out of this situation, I will_____.” However, many never fulfill that promise. They find some excuse to ignore it.

Vows should never be made flippantly, but made with the wisdom and direction of God, and then must be fulfilled.

God has never, and never will, break a promise He has made. Every believer is to be just like God and never break a promise. Fulfilling the promise may be difficult and sometimes very costly, but it shows the heart and character of God to the world and will be worth it all in the end.

Just as God is true and faithful, the believer should also be true and faithful in all he says and does.

Throughout your life there will be times that you will make various vows to God or to other people. Do not allow yourself to forget or ignore those vows, but fulfill them completely.

Seek the strength and direction of God to complete your vows that you have made. As you fulfill your vows, God will be able to pour out blessings and favor upon you. God will also see you as a good and faithful servant whom He can allow into His kingdom.

Can God and others rely upon your word?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will only make vows with God’s direction; that God will give you strength and boldness to fulfill all vows you have made; that God will remove any fear of fulfilling your vows; and that you will see God’s blessing on fulfilled vows.

Exodus 9:24 Will You Harden Your Heart Again?

When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. Exodus 9:24

During times that are disastrous or difficult, people will claim that they will do nearly anything and everything just to get out of the hard times. Promises will be made to clear the path out of danger.

Yet, when the danger or disaster is over, the promises are forgotten, and their hearts are hardened. They go back to what was done before, which may have brought on the danger in the first place.

God had poured down hail and rain upon the Egyptians, causing much damage, due to Pharaoh refusing to let the Israelites go. He ‘repented’ of his sin, but as soon as it stopped hailing, he hardened his heart and sinned again, not letting the Israelites go.

Believers often know what God requires of them and His commands, but do not want to obey them, wanting to do their own thing. Choosing to follow the ways of the world, many will live in sin, rather than truly following God, though claiming to believe in God.

This is something that continues until there is some great disaster or trouble in their lives. Immediately upon getting hit by trouble, many will cry out to God, promising to obey Him and do what He says to do, if He will remove the trouble. As soon as the trouble is over, they forget their promise and step back into their sin again.

Acting in this way is treading upon the grace of God and treating it with contempt. It is ignoring the lengths to which Jesus went to remove the sin and meet one’s needs.

True believers will hold to their word and flee all sin, obeying God with their whole lives. They will not allow their hearts to be hardened again.

Throughout your life there will be times of trouble and hardships. These times can and will be extremely difficult.

As you cry out to God for help, remember your prayers and promises to God. He is there to help you, but His first goal is to get you away from all sin, not to make a way for you to sin more.

Do not allow your heart to be hardened and continue in sin against God. Have a softened heart that follows after God, not sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s hand at work in your life; that you will call out to God in times of trouble; that God will strengthen you to not harden your heart; and that you will obey God and flee all sin.

Exodus 8:29 Don’t Act Deceitfully

Moses answered, “As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only let Pharaoh be sure that he does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.” Exodus 8:29

No one really likes deceitful actions. When thinking about deceit, most people will automatically think of politicians and lawyers, yet many will act deceitfully who are not a politician or a lawyer.

Many promises are made daily with never intending to fulfill the promise, but only to get something.

After getting a plague of flies, Pharaoh promises to release the Israelites if the flies are removed. Moses said he would pray for God to remove the flies, but that Pharaoh should not act deceitfully and not let the Israelites go as he has already done.

Throughout the church most people are willing to say that deceit is something that is bad and speak out against it. They will turn away from friends who act deceitfully against them.

However, many of those same people will act deceitfully with God on a regular basis. People are very quick to promise God that they will do something, if God will take care of some bad situation in their life. As soon as God takes care of that situation, their promise is forgotten. They had ‘deceived’ God into getting what they want.

Not only do these people try to deceive God, but they also do the same types of actions to other people. Just as politicians and lawyers are accused of breaking promises, many believers break their promises both to man and God.

True believers will hold true to their word, both with man and God. They will never say one thing and do another.

How often do you make a promise to someone else or to God? Now with those promises, how often do you fulfill those promises, regardless of what it may cost you?

Every time that you seek God’s help and promise Him something, be willing to fulfill it at any cost.

Although man does not know your heart, God does and can see if there is any deceit in your words. Be the person of God whose word is good and true. That when you speak a promise, others will know it will be fulfilled.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will speak words of truth to man and God; that you will fulfill all of your promises to man and God; that you will never act or speak with deceit to man or God; and that you will trust God with every promise you make.

Genesis 46:4 God Will Complete His Promise

I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes. Genesis 46:4

Promises are made daily by people, governments and businesses. Although thousands are made, many are left unfulfilled.

People, governments and businesses often let people down in what was promised. Excuses are made as to why the promise could not be completed. Things are allowed to get in the way and stop them.

As a result, many people begin to doubt others when they hear of a promise being made. They have been disappointed too many times.

God tells Israel (Jacob) that He would go with him to Egypt and bring him back to the promised land.

Following God on a journey is often filled with what appears to be detours. The new believer sees that he is headed towards heaven, the promised land, but while on this earth there are various challenges and changes put in the pathway.

The believer may hear God promise something in his life, such as provision, but then on the journey has times where the path has taken a different direction and does not appear to provide, even though he has all that he needs.

Some may feel called into ministry but have to work for a number of years outside of ministry prior to getting into it.

One thing that every believer needs to remember is that God will fulfill His promise. He may take one on a journey that appears to be going the wrong direction, to Egypt, but He will get him to the final promised land.

As one is going on the little detours in life, he must realize that God is building him up to be ready for the promise. He may also be preparing the promise to be taken by the one who trusts and believes in Him.

Do not lose heart and get discouraged when God has you turn on a detour in your life. Continue to remember the promises of God, knowing that He will fulfill them in the right time.

During this detour He may be preparing you for the promise or fulfilling another promise to someone else through you. Allow God to be in control of your life.

It may take a lifetime before the promise is fulfilled, but it will happen. God has never broken a promise and will not start with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that you will allow God to be in complete control of your journey in this life.