One of the common sayings within the church today is, “Lord, we want to know You. Show us Your glory! If You do this, then I’ll do…” We utter these words with such fervor and passion that an onlooker would expect God to break through the clouds at any given moment and appear on the scene. Many times, we are so caught up in the emotion of the moment while we are in the midst of the assembly of the believers and are enjoying such highly-charged atmosphere. It is completely understandable because for the moment, God has our attention. But this is also a very dangerous moment as well.
During these high-octane, emotional experiences are the moments wherein we are so ‘caught up in the Spirit’ that we begin utter certain things to God. After some time has passed, we tend to reengage in the daily activities of life and forget the vows we have made to God…but He has not forgotten. When God comes to remind us of our vows and begins to call us out on them, we shudder with fear because of one of two reasons:
1) we genuinely forgot that we made the vow, or 2) we honestly had not intentions of fulfilling the vow and did not think God was going to call us out to actually fulfill the vow.
1) we can repent for not fulfilling the vow and fulfill it as we had every intention of doing so, but had become overtaken by the cares of life, or 2) we can repent because we are willing to admit that we were ‘caught up in the moment,’ and allowed ourselves to say something without considering the consequences.
In the event that we are the subjects of both scenarios, we have to immediately acknowledge that we serve a forgiving God who will graciously give us the opportunity to correct our actions. However, if we are the subject of number two and, like some, who feel that ‘God knew what you meant’ when you said these things, King Solomon addresses this:
“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. Better is it that hou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 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?” (Eccl. 5:4-6)
God takes promises, vows, oaths, and covenants seriously (Heb. 6:13-20). The psalmist says in Psalm 138:2,
“I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name.“
As a result of the covenant relationship we have with God, when we make these vows before Him, He is expecting us to uphold our end of the agreement because this how He responds and relates to those with whom He is in covenant. In failing to do so, His integrity and reputation would be called into question. For God to negate His promises would bring reproach upon His character and nature. Should not this be a cause for concern as it relates to the integrity of our character?…#thinkonthesethings