Vows

Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.”

There was a day when a man’s word meant everything. It was that which spoke of honesty, integrity, and honor. If you shook hands, it was as if signed a contract. 

Honesty and integrity have been marred over the years. Some in authority, some held in great honor; have broken that mold, and dashed those expectations.

For every person that has impugned the truth, or disgraced the position they’ve held, some still uphold truth in honesty and integrity. Our integrity is a personal matter between us and the One who set the standard. 

God said; “…he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.”

How many times have we knelt at an altar, or prayed to God and vowed we would never do that again only to find ourselves at that same altar confessing that same sin and vowing the same vow? I dare say we all have at least once.

There is a sin with which we all struggle. It is not the same for each of us. It is our besetting sin.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

Whatever that sin might be, Satan has found a way to trip us up over and over again. It might be some stubborn habit or even an addiction that sets us back. That sin, habit, or addiction holds us bound from doing what we are meant to do; what we have been created to do.

Trustworthy. It should be the trait of every born-again, child of God. 

Honesty. We should strive to be honest in all our dealings, beginning with our Heavenly Father.

Integrity. Webster’s defines it this way:

“The entire, unimpaired state of anything, particularly of the mind; moral soundness or purity; incorruptness; uprightness; honesty. Integrity comprehends the whole moral character, but has a special reference to uprightness in mutual dealings, transfers of property, and agencies for others.”

Sin corrupts. It takes hold and defiles everything it touches. Try as we may reform our character; the only power we have against sin is the blood of Jesus Christ. It is the cleansing agent to make clean that we cannot.

We can scrub it. We can stack all the good deeds beside it to counterbalance the weight but to no avail. James admonishes us in putting forth words hastily:

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speakslow to wrath:”

Many of us have overcommitted with time we did not have. We have put forth a promise that we never intended to keep. 

In my work with addicted, I have had to listen much and believe little. Until I see the actual change in the behavior, belief in their word is held in check. One of the key elements that God provides is accountability.

We mentor and disciple those who come seeking help. When we, or they, break their word, trust must be rebuilt before we can press on to the next step. Trust gets harder to repair the more it is broken. Humanly speaking, we all have a point in our lives when we say, “Enough!”

It is then I need God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness to go any further. We, as children of God, are called to forgive – not seven times, but, seventy times seven. 

Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

It’s funny how we react when someone breaks their vow to us. We want justice and vengeance. But when we break our vow to someone, we want mercy and forgiveness. God calls us out to deal honestly and with integrity.

His standard of keeping our vows begins first and foremost with Him.

When I realize that God knows what I am going to say before I say it, the number of hairs on my head, the end of my life and eternal destination; I can be utterly transparent with Him knowing I am accepted, secure, and loved.

His acceptance of me, the security He provides and the love He shows, are given not dependant on my behavior. That’s how we operate. Not God.

Even when I break my vows to Him, it doesn’t change my position with Him. It affects the intimacy of the relationship.

Salvation secured my eternal destiny – forever. 

The closeness and presence of God in my life are dependent on my everyday dealings and how we treat others matters to God. Even unto the least of them.

Matthew 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

For me, I try to bring the gravity of the situation into a place I can fully grasp. By picturing those to whom I give my word, I imagine they are Jesus. How would Jesus react to my lies? How would He receive what it is I am telling Him; knowing what is right and what is false?

May we approach our day today, with a renewed desire for truth, honesty, and integrity amongst God’s people. Confess and repent when we fail, but, upholding God’s standard in all we do and say.

 

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