March 1st, 2017
Promises Are Serious Spiritual Business
Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 (KJB) When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
God always follows through on His promises.
However, mankind may make a promise to God but utter it in vain never intending to fulfill it. Or conveniently forgetting what he has loosely vowed to God and fail in bringing it to fruition.
It is serious spiritual business to make a promise to God. It is far better to never promise something to God than to fail in fulfilling it. The wisest man in history, Solomon is urging man in these verses to consider the seriousness of a promise to God before we profess it. He also is encouraging man to fulfill any promises he may make to God.