There’s forgiveness for the ones who broke their promises
"When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Let not your mouth lead you[c] into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake."
Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 ESV
We should never make a promise to God and not keep it, and that’s why we should never make one, to begin with (Ecclesiastes 5:2-7) but, unfortunately, at least for me, that hasn’t been the case.
I can pinpoint at least three times when I have made promises that I felt passionate about only to end up breaking them and feeling like a true jerk for doing so.
I felt so bad... like crazy bad and mostly because I knew that I shouldn't have made such promises.
God doesn't need my promises to keep on blessing, correcting, disciplining and loving me.
He just needs my heart and devotion to Him, not promises that we both know that I won't keep.
You don't need to make promises to God, especially when you have to keep them because, well, it is best to promise nothing and keep on going than to make a promise and break it, especially one made to God.
And, when we make promises on a whim, we might end up regretting them, just like Jephthah who had made a vow to God to give to Him whatever would come out of the door to greet him, in exchange for him to defeat the Ammonites and when his daughter was the first person to come out, he immediately regretted it because, well he had to keep his promise (Judges 11:31-40).
You see? We might just end up in similar situations because of making promises in the spur of the moment.
I know that I have had my fair share of such moments and I don't ever want to go back there, especially because I don't need to.
We don’t need to make a promise to God to see His promises to us, His children and people, come true. There’s no need for making a promise to Him if we believe that He is working for our good…
We don’t get what we have through promises - through trade - but through Grace.
And it sucks when broken promises make you feel like you are just the worst person out there but, there's forgiveness for that as well.
Christ died for all our sins, even the ones we are to make in the future, and that means that God forgives broken promises; we need to come to Him with grieving and repented hearts and ask for His forgiveness.
We need to watch out for what we say to Him and make sure to stay away from making promises to Him, especially since we don’t know the future holds and He does.
Instead of making promises, stick to saying 'yes' when you mean 'yes' and 'no' when you mean 'no', just as Jesus instructed us (Matthew 5:37).
Instead of making promises, grab hold of His promises and seek to let Him lead you through the path of righteousness and love, where there is no need for you to make a promise to be embraced and blessed by Him.
So, this is my prayer for all of us:
Dear Lord, thank You for extending your grace to everyone and showering us with Your amazing love. God, please forgive us for making and breaking all of those promises, for going against our vows and not being faithful with our words and actions. Please lead us into better ways of living, where Your magnificent Spirit guides us away from making empty promises and into relying on Your promises, grace and love. May we grow hungrier for a deeper and stronger relationship with You, Lord. In the precious name of Christ. Amen!