Today you should read: Numbers 30
Numbers 30 talks about the importance of making and breaking vows. Read what the ESV Study Bible says about the importance of vows:
In a crisis people often make a vow: “If God delivers me from X, I promise to do Y.” There are many examples in the Bible (e.g., Gen. 28:20–22; 1 Sam. 1:11). The danger is that, when the crisis is over, the vow may not be fulfilled. Stern warnings about failing to fulfill a vow are found in Deut. 23:21–23 and Eccles. 5:4–6. These laws are concerned with defining those few circumstances in which a person may be excused from fulfilling a vow.
Essentially, men are expected to fulfill their vows, but women get a little more leniency. Regardless, it is imperative to be wise about what we say and what we promise.
The challenge is that, because of our sin, it is challenging for us to keep our promises—both to God and others. Contrast that with the consistency of who God. He does not lie, and he does not break a vow. Look what God’s Word says about the character of God:
God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19 (ESV)
in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began. Titus 1:2 (ESV)
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:18 (ESV)
Allow these truths from God’s Word do two things in your life today: (1) realize that you are different from God—you are sinful, he is sinless. (2) God offers forgiveness and redemption through repenting and seeking Jesus Christ.
Seek Christ today above all things!
By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor
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