Lessons for Living Today:
A vow is a voluntary commitment to act. We usually think of a vow in relation to a marriage ceremony. We vow that for better or worse, in sickness and in health, until death do us part, we will act based on love for the other person. By the voluntarily words and deeds of our daily lives we live out that vow. It takes focused and dedicated effort to fulfill vows. A vow is not to be taken lightly. In Numbers 30 is says “This is what God commands: When a man makes a vow to God or binds himself by an oath to do something, he must not break his word; he must do exactly what he has said.”
What happens when people voluntarily bow out of their vows? To break our word does more damage to us than to those with whom we have broken our word. Breaking our word is like cancer in our bones. It starts out little and seemingly innocent enough but before long it is out of control and consumes our very life. Prisons are stuffed full of those who voluntarily bowed out of their vows. As citizens of a country we have a charge to live according to the laws of the land. Some decide to go against the law to the harm of the whole of society. Millions are spent on finding, convicting and incarcerating law breakers.
To believe in God and His Holy Word helps parents raise their children to keep their word. Romans 13: “If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible.” Keeping our word is an honorable virtue that must be taught by parents who keep their word. “You cannot lead where you do not go—you cannot teach what you do not show.” God’s Word is given to help mankind live peaceable and productive lives. The very foundation is the Golden Rule! Let’s be a people following God’s Word and keepers of our own words.
God’s Question: Will you value the virtue of honesty?
God’s Promise: I hold you responsible to keep your word.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Your guidance through the Bible.
I am sorry I don’t always do what I intended to do.
Thank You for forgiveness and redirection.
Help me treat all others as through it were You.