I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you—
vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
I will sacrifice fat animals to you and an offering of rams; I will offer bulls and goats. Psalm 66:13-15
One of the many themes that has emerged over the course of these devotionals is contained in verse 14: keeping promises. We might say, “what’s the big deal about blowing off a promise now and then?” Obviously it’s a big deal to God, especially when we make them to Him.
- It may mean refusing to stand when the preacher asks for your commitment to pray for such and such. You know you’re already overcommitted, so why promise something you know you’ll never be able to keep? You shouldn’t feel guilty that you’re the only person NOT standing during those times.
- It may mean saying “No” more often for the same reasons. It’s not a crime or a sin to say no when it involves a promise or commitment.
Unfortunately I’ve broken my share of promises to the Lord. But it is freeing when you realize you don’t have to commit to everything that comes your way.