Deuteronomy 23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
People love a deal, a bargain, a real find. If it’s a good deal, both parties come away feeling great. My wife and I like to garage sale in the summer. This is where someone has found something they no longer need and they’ve set a price on it. Often you can find a real bargain on things that are in great shape, or on occasion never even used. If I can use it, I’ll buy it. I leave with something I can use at a very low price, and the other party is glad to recoup some of what they had originally invested. We both come away from this feeling like we have made a great deal.
Sometimes people will find themselves in situations they’re not sure how to get out of. When they do, they may call on God to fix it and start making deals with God. “God if you will heal me I will go to church every Sunday the rest of my life.” “God if you help me find a job I promise to tithe on that income every week.” Making a deal with God is serious business. God will take you at your word. In today’s verse, Deut. 23:21 it says; “When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.” God always keeps His promises and as His children He expects us to do the same. When calling on God’s name in this deal, it brings God into a contract with that person. Not fulfilling it, is sort of like using God’s name in vain. We know what He thinks about that.
Deut. 23:22 says; “But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.” In other words, it’s better not to make a promise to God, than to make one you will not keep. We can ask for God’s help without playing “Let’s make a Deal.”
Why make deals we might not keep?
Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director