MEMORY VERSE: Acts 18:18 “So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.”
HYMN: MHB 392 (Irregular) – I BIND unto myself today
A vow is a solemn promise made to God in respect of anything. The use of vows permeates the Scripture. Jacob, going into Mesopotamia, vowed the tenth of his estate, and promised to offer it at Bethel to the honour of God, (Gen. 28:22.) God remembered this vow in Gen. 31:13. It was the only recorded vow before the laws of Moses. Moses made many regulations on vows (Lev. 23:37-38; Num.29:39).
It is right here to be aware that covenant, pledges, vows, and oaths are inter-related and indivisible when it comes to the point of consequences. A covenant means an agreement to do something, pledges represent assurance to do what is agreed on (I will) while VOWS (I must), imposed a seal, a must, irreversible action that must be as it was agreed on. However, the oath is like a measure, a yardstick, a straight line to determine the outcome of your action either negative or positive. It is like a sword of vows.
The text is an admonition to us that we need to be careful not to be so loose in making a vow; rather, we should be very conscious of fulfilling it. Because whenever we make a vow, we have equally subscribed to a covenant, pledge, and oath.
You might devote yourself or your children to the Lord. You might devote any part of your time, salary or property to His service. These vows are sacred and require to be observed (Deut. 23:21, 22).
Absalom, in II Sam 15:7-9, remembered after forty years, the vow he made. The king could not resist him because he knew God’s command about vows. Jephthah (Judges 11:30-39) vowed to the Lord, though he did not know it would fall on his daughter, he kept to it.
You may make a solemn vow to God to abstain from all intoxicating liquors, immorality, objectionable behaviour etc; failure to honour the vow is sin. Keep your vows, and pray to God for you to fulfil them.
PRAYER: God, help me to always keep to my vows. Send your HOLY SPIRIT to set my conscience in order, that I may be conscious of redeeming all pledges, oaths, and covenants which I have made before You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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