Don’t Delay

Ecclesiastes 5:4

4When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 

Have you discovered the pinnacle of your capability, your human limitation? Most New Year’s resolutions are meant for the betterment of the self. Writing down a New Year’s resolution can be beneficial to a goal-oriented person. But for a non-goal-oriented person or someone who often reacts according to emotional temperature, a list of resolution could be just another garbage idea that may be bound to fail. Resolutions are not necessarily bound to failure if set goals are within the will of God. Certainly, we don’t know what would happen in the future that may affect or even discourage us to pursue the goals we hope to accomplish.

If you’ve made a list of resolutions, did you swear an oath to yourself to pursue those goals you’ve written in your list? If so and you’ve failed to fulfill your promise to yourself, most likely, you won’t mind if you fail to fulfill your promise to others especially, to God? You won’t love others or God more than yourself, will you? Have you pondered if delayed or unfulfilled promise is sin against the Lord?

Christ instructed in Matthew 5:34-37, 34Do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Christ commanded not to swear an oath at all. When He said that anything beyond the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers comes from the evil one, did He also mean that it comes from the evil one when an officiant or minister challenge a bride and groom to make vows during wedding ceremony? Contextually, Christ preaches against divorce before He talked about vows which may imply that He was thinking of wedding vows. And since it’s only implied, vow of any kind is temptation to break His command not to swear an oath at all.

Lord Jesus, bless me that I may not swear an oath at all.

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