Deuteronomy 23:21-23 New Living Translation (NLT)
What is your first reaction when someone voluntarily tells you he or she will do something and then does not fulfill it? Is your first reaction to get angry? Is it to ask questions as to why he or she did not fulfill the commitment? Or, do you just simply give it to God without prompting further discussion? We may utilize any one of these responses based on how significantly the commitment failure impacted us, right? As children of God and followers of Christ, our word is a big deal. God listens and holds us accountable. So, be careful with what you promise to do.
In our passage today from the OT, the Lord reminds his children of the integrity that should occupy our commitments; every promise involves the Lord. We are to be reflections to the world of God’s integrity. In the NT, Jesus reminds those listening to be careful before making a promise or commitment, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t’” (Matt 3:37). Be honest and live in the integrity of the Lord.
21 “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, be prompt in fulfilling whatever you promised him. For the Lord your God demands that you promptly fulfill all your vows, or you will be guilty of sin. 22 However, it is not a sin to refrain from making a vow. 23 But once you have voluntarily made a vow, be careful to fulfill your promise to the Lord your God.
Prayer: Lord, I want to be a person of my word, so help me to weigh every commitment I make so I may honor your will with integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.