Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it.<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-17402E" data-link="(E)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-17402F" data-link="(F)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.
Hey everyone…So today’s topic is promises or vows. Have you ever made a promise or vow to someone that you didn’t keep? Have you made a promise to someone that was hard to keep and had you wondering if you should keep it? Well, I have, and I’m sure many of you have as well. We all make promises to people and sometimes we blow it and spill those promises on accident or on purpose because we are angry. However, once those promises or vows are out of our mouth, how do we feel afterwards…Happy, Glad, Sad, Fear of what that person who told us the promise will do or say? God says, that if you make a vow/promise to someone, do not delay on fulfilling it; however it is better to not make that vow to someone than to make one and break it. If you say that you promise to clean your room when you come home from school, and then you go shopping with your friends, or go skateboarding after school, instead of cleaning your room like you promised, you are breaking the promise or vow that you made to your parents. If you make a vow to be faithful to your spouse or girlfriend or boyfriend, and then you break it, then whatever consequence that follows, is yours to deal with. Point…is that if you CAN’T fulfill the promise you made or the vow you made, then DON’T make one. Maybe instead, say ” I will try, but I can’t make any promises, or say I’m sorry but I just can’t make that vow/promise,” That way, if you slip up or accidently break it, then you are not going to feel as bad as you would if you said “Promise or I vow,” and then you break it. Question for all of you: -How do you feel about vows, and promises? Are they worth it? Also, besides from the Christian point of view, how do any of you who don’t believe in God feel about vows or promises? Share your answers in the comments below.