Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Making/Taking Vows

What is a vow? 
In society most of us think of vows as what we do the day we stand up and make a commitment to get married.  This is true.  However, vows are more than just something we do at marriage time.  Making a promise to do something, committing our time, talents, etc to a purpose is making a vow.  So why do we break vows so often?  In my case I tend to make a lot of promises: I'll do the dishes, take out the trash etc.  I usually always put a clause in there but I'll do it in a minute.  Sometimes that minute turns to 15 and sometimes it goes forgotten.  Was it intentionally forgotten, No.  I get side tracked, a lot.  But the point is I committed to doing something so I should just do it.  It's hard to change bad habits. 
As we have been doing to devotion we came across a section called The Magnitude of Vows here are few things I would like to share with you about vows. 
First Numbers 30:2 says 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. 
So in layman's terms, your only as good as your word. 
Second, a marriage perspective: we make commitments to our significant other.  We say we are going to love, obey, cherish, etc.  Some of us take that as a serious commitment and others see it as unfulfilled truths.  But there is one person that takes those vows very serious, God. 
Third, Gods word. If you look back over the Bible and know even just a little His word is not broken.  He sent His son to die for us, Check.   He said that Jesus would arise again, Check.  He told Moses to go to Egypt and to set his people free and in doing so they would be rewarded with the Promise Land, Check.  The Bible is filled with these promises/vows and well He has delivered on all of them.  And these are no little promises might I remind you, these are HUGE. 
So why is it that when we say we are going to do something, when we commit, when we vow. It is so easy to break promises.  Every time we make a promise (to a loved one, to a friend, to work, to God) we are held accountable to those promises.  So let your yes mean yes and your no mean no (Matt 5:37). 
So I task that start by taking is slow and easy, build up our commitments and follow through on them.  If you are married recommit yourself to honor, cherish, from this day on.  If not married commit to yourself that when you say you are going to do it do it. Of course, this doesn't mean things will not happen or come up that requires you to tweak the circumstance.  I look forward to hearing you success stories or difficulties that you might have.  But together with God's assistance we can do this. 
God Bless!

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