In the Christian spiritual journey, I know that I struggle with keeping my promises to God. In fact, sometimes it makes me feel like a monster, although when I obey the Lord sometimes it doesn’t. Yet, for a while, I didn’t have any idea that Scripture speaks to this making me think that it was okay to make promises to God without consequences. When I failed, I knew I had the blood of Jesus to cover me.
Yet, in my twenties, I found Ecclesiastes 5:4-5. It says,
If you make a promise to God, don’t be slow to keep it. God is not happy with fools, so give God what you promised. It is better not to promise something and not do it. (NCV)
That gave me a whole new perspective, for I did not want to be a fool or a monster in the eyes of God!
Previously I wrote that if I failed at keeping a promise to God, I was covered by the blood that comes from Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong! I am not minimizing the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. There is nothing on earth (past, present, or future) that has the power that Jesus Christ’s blood does.
In fact, Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 enhances it. In a weird way, the breaking of a promise to God shows us how we desperately need Him and makes the breaking of that promise point to the cross and the ressurection.
Human beings are imperfect beings, thus no matter how hard we try, we fail in relationships to one another. How are we supposed to keep a relationship with God when we have trouble keeping relationships with ourselves? How are human beings supposed to manage our spiritual journeys?
I am realizing this fact to a deeper knowledge and wisdom that all of Scripture, especially Psalms, point to Jesus Christ, the only perfect human being. In fact, Psalm 14:1-5 expresses,
The fool says in His heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up My people as they eat bread and do not call upon the Lord? There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. (ESV)
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