Ever make a promise to God? A vow? Nehemiah had lead the people to rebuild the wall. They finished it up in chapter 7. In chapter 8, Ezra, the prophet reads the Book of the Law and the people confess their sins in chapter 9. It’s amazing how things come together when the situation gets healthy. God used Nehemiah to be a leader! To lead God’s people to a good place. Now, in chapter 10, they are making a vow to God.
The document was signed by Nehemiah, the priests, the Levites (religious leaders), and leaders of the people. In it, they make the following promises:
- To stay a people pure for God (v.30)
- To honor God and the Sabbath (v.31)
- To be faithful in their gifts to God (v.32-38)
- Not to neglect the Temple of God (v.39)
The people promised to honor these commitments before God. We make promises like this too. Vows when we get married – for better or for worse; our baptism is a promise to follow Jesus all the days of our life; plus many commitments and promises in special services or times with the Lord. Have you made promises like these?
It’s healthy every once in a while, to go back and revisit these. To make sure that you’re doing what you said you would do. To shore up the areas you’re weak in and grow deeper yet in your commitments.
So let me ask you about your promises to God as you ponder on them today:
What are some promises that you feel like may need a little attention in your life?
How can I pray for you today about them?
Please reply in the comments so I can pray for you – and let me know if I can help in any way.
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor