MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 66:13b “I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows.”
HYMN: MHB 645 (L.M.) -THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day.
In Psalm 66, the anonymous writer, after praising God for all His acts, the greatness of His power, for turning the sea to dry land and suffered not His people’s feet to be moved, says in v. 13: “I will go to thy house with burnt offerings and pay Thee my vows.”
Unfortunately, we Christians often forget where we are coming from; we are so forgetful to the extent that all that we say with our mouth in the time of pain escape our memories immediately we perceive a brief comfort, like a woman in travail.
Gen 28:20- 31:13 tells us about the effect of vows. Jacob made a vow asking God to be with him all the way and bring him back. The scripture reveals the grace of God upon him in all he encountered when accompanied by His presence. It is worthy of note that, the day you vow to God “I WILL” God is fully committed to fulfilling His own part and He also expects you to fulfil your own, too (Gen 31:13, PS 76:11).
We should, however, be careful not to make rash vows like Jephtha in Judges 11:29-40; the vows of Israel in Judges 21:5-6; and the vow 40 men made to kill Paul in Acts 23:12.
However, it is dangerous to make vows which you cannot fulfil. A boy came out one day and pledged N1 million to the church building fund, thinking it was all fun. He left the church shamefully when, on several demands, he could not pay the pledge.
A man-made vow when the pilot told them that the plane was having an engine problem. He said, “Lord I will build a church for you if you allow this plane to land safely.” However, when the plane landed safely at the airport, the man said “Lord, I thank you but pardon me because I made the vow rashly!” What do you think God will do with him? Stop making vows without thinking about the consequence.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to pay my vows without fail, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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