4 When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. — Ecclesiastes 5:4 NLT
When we are having problems in our lives, we often make statements to God that we will do such and such if He will answer our prayers with a “yes”. Then, when He has fulfilled His commitment and the seas are calm, we often forget to perform our part of the contract. Perhaps, we have said that if God would bless us financially, we would increase our tithe and we haven’t done that yet. Or, perhaps we have felt that we were in physical danger and God delivered us in answer to our prayer but we have yet to fulfill the contract.. This puts our very lives and souls in danger. When we make a vow to do this or that for God, we must be careful to fulfill this vow as quickly as possible. Take the case of Ananias and Sapphira in the book of Acts. They sold a piece of property for an amount of money, how much we don’t know. Ananias and his wife had agreed to keep part of the money but to tell the apostles they were giving the full amount. Ananias brought some money to the apostles and told them that it was the full amount of the purchase price. This was not true and when Peter pointed out that Ananias had not only lied to them but to the Holy Spirit, Ananias was struck dead immediately. The same thing happened when Sapphira came in and told the same story.
We must be very careful when we make vows and promises to God. He is not a man that He should lie and we cannot keep secrets from Him. If we have made a commitment to Him, whether the commitment is financial, more time spent with Him or a change in our lifestyles, we must be careful to make sure that our actions are consistent with our promises.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
I needed that scripture from Ecclesiastes this morning.
David, I think we all need it probably a few times a day!
Have a blessed Christmas Season!