Words from the Heart for Saturday February 23rd, 2019

If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin.

Deuteronomy 23:21 (NIV)

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Keeping a Vow

In Canada, those who belong to a religious order, and take a vow of perpetual poverty, and give all their income to the religious order, the Canada Revenue Agency allows them to claim a deduction equal to their entire income. However, there are strict rules about what type of income qualifies, who can claim the deduction, and what proof you need to supply if you claim it.

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From time to time we make a vow, and when we do, we are expected to keep that vow. For example, if you promise to meet someone somewhere at a certain time, they are counting on you to be there and be prompt. It is part of our Christian witness. If this is true in our relationship with other people, it is certainly true in our relationship to God. Deuteronomy 23:31 says this: “If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin.” Most of us don’t think of breaking a vow as sin, but God does. Our word is only as good as the promises we keep. It doesn’t take long for people to not trust us if we don’t keep our word. And when the Lord can’t trust us, the Bible says it is sin. How much better to follow through on every promise we make. And better yet not to make a promise or vow if we know we can’t keep it. How is your promise keeping? Do others trust you when you make a vow to them. Does God?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley