1999-08-03 - V: A Vow Religious
The Holy Alphabet Series
Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make iniquity.
"A Vow religious, is a solem promise unto God, made by a fit person, of some lawful thing which is in his choice, to testifie his love and thankfulness, Deut. 23:21,22, Psal. 116:12," --Robert Port
"Oh Lord, if I just pass this one test, I will … Oh Lord, if you will just get me out of this mess I have gotten myself into, I will … " Vows, I theorize, we have all made. For starters, lets stop calling such bargains with God vows. They are not vows, they are pawns that we move on our board of life to attempt to convince God to help us out. Sometimes these emergency calls are vows that we take seriously, but often, they are quickly forgotten and never kept as promised.
Lets be careful and specific about what is in mind here when Port speaks of making a vow to God.
Vows are never taken flippantly, but always with care. Consider your marriage vows, I hope you considered carefully who you were saying them to and what you were promising. If you did, you know what it is to make a vow. If you have never taken vows seriously, know that God does take them seriously and He knows your hearts, actions, and motives better than you know them yourself. Let us treat this practice with great care. It would be better to never make a vow to God, than to make ten and fail to keep one.
Soli Deo Gloria,
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