As we close up for the year, there are a lot of Christians that have at one place or time promised to do something for God. The questions are have you redeemed them? Have you fulfilled it? Vows and pledges are sacred. Be careful and ensure that you fulfil them.
In the bible there is a need to be careful when we make our vow. The bible advised us not to make vow and not fulfil it. It is better not to make a vow than to make vow and do not fulfil it.
One thing we must understand is that Vow brings one to the previous judgement with God.
We must understand the definition of these two terms Vows and Pledges in religions context. The Merriam Webster online dictionary defined the two like this:
Pledge: (1) a serious promise or agreement (2) a promise to give money (3)something that you leave with another person as a way to show that you will keep your promise
Vow: (1) a serious promise to do something or to behave in a certain way
Having gotten a full grasp of these two, we can look at the importance of these two and why it is imperative to fulfil it. When you make a vow try to redeem it no matter how difficult it is. But, be rest assured that God will do his own part. You know women maka more vow than men. You know when Hannah was seeking for Samuel he told God that if you give me a child, I will give him back. So for you as a wife to make a vow to God try to ensure that you are in tune with your husband.
We must come to terms that God is faithful and whatever he said that he would do, he will definitely do. We must also learn how to thank God for his blessings. Being alive is enough testimony for us. Being able to have good health is one of the faithfulness of God.
Vows are solemn and they involve powerful heavenly beings that shouldn’t be toyed with. It is a means of higher communion where the heavenly beings take the vow to a higher realm. So, redeem it. So many Christians are yet to understand the consequences in unfulfilled vows. The book of Ecclesiastics chapter 5 captured this scenerio vividly. The Bible cautioned against this act of pledging and not redeeming it.
You don’t give to God what that doesn’t cost you anything. You don’t need to make it public most times. God that sees in secret will see it. So as a Christian look within and search your soul, ask yourself if there are places that you are lacking in fulfilling these vows and pledges.
Bible is filled with people that redeemed their vows from Hannah to David etc. Solomon vows was legendary that made God appear to him in dream. His vows and pledges was pleasing to God. Our vows should be pleasing to God as we close this year we must ensure that all we promised God is fulfilled.
Message from Faith Cathedral International Ministry