Proverbs 20: King James Bible
Vows to God – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verses 24-25
24 Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way? 25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Vows to God
Ever make a vow to the Father, and fail to keep it? I don’t mean just any vow, but say you ask the Lord for something, tell him that if he grants you whatever it is, then you’ll do this or that.
Then one day, you’ve received the answer to that prayer! Praise God! And you move on with your life, as if the Father might have forgotten your end of the vow that you yourself made.
Now, could it be that the Father would have given you what you asked for without you having to do whatever it is you vowed to do? Certainly, the Lord is giving and merciful.
However, you did in fact make a vow between you and the Lord, and unless he lets you know somehow that you don’t need to fulfill your end, look out. Sometime down the road trouble might show up, then there you are, right back on your knees petitioning the Father to help you out again.
Probably seeking some sort of information as to why this has befallen you. This is what the Proverb would mean, by making enquiry after vows. Either inquiring as to why things are not working out the way you had expected, after not lifting a finger as it would relate to your vow, or petitioning the Lord to be removed from a vow that you willfully made to him.
The two verses above, give us a great explanation for why Jesus told us that it’s better not to vow at all. You make that vow, you’d better see it through.
Common sense is pretty important here. If you asked the Lord for something, and vowed to crawl a ladder made out of spaghetti all the way to the moon, I’d be certain that he ignored your offer for a vow, and just gave you whatever it is because it was his will to do so.
Man doesn’t understand his own way. Sure people make plans, but there isn’t one day that goes by ever, where every event great or small is anticipated every second. Only the Lord can do this. He is the only one who can exist in every part to every second, past present and future, all at the same time! That’s the benefit to being outside of time’s constraints.
But we think we know all kinds of things that we don’t, and make vows to the Lord, that we may soon regret, should our feet be held to the fire on them. All throughout the Bible are records of different things that happened to people who chose to make a vow to the Lord, and enjoy his blessings, just to turn coat on the vows and wind up on the wrong side of the Lord.
The best thing to do in my opinion, is simply take the easier road, and decide not to make any vows in the first place. Instead, ask for the Lord’s guidance into wherever he wills for you to be, and to do whatever he wills for you to do.
At times it is a good thing to remember, that the Lord is the King and Creator of all things, who is fully capable to be offended and angry, upset and grieved. And he has all of the authority to do whatever he wants, however he might be feeling toward us.
Let him lead the way, and don’t get yourself caught up in a snare hoping to move his hand faster. And if you’ve made vows to the Lord, list them and see them through. I’d be willing to bet that for some people, this might solve a lot of problems.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
James 5: King James Bible
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and if any of us at all, are guilty of swearing an oath to you, then breaking it, please forgive us Father, and lead us into fruition and fulfillment of that oath, unless it is against your will, and choose to release us from it. But if weighed and found wanting concerning this, lead us to settle the matter, and help us through it. We repent from deciding to say these kinds of things, and ask that your Holy Spirit keep us mindful of exactly who you are. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you broken or forgotten vows to God?