1/5/14 BIBLE PASSAGE (Deuteronomy 23,24,25)
God required Israelites to adequately honor and redeem their pledges before him. They must redeem their vows in timely fashions, so that he would not be provoked to force them into compliance. The Creator insisted that he would demand his entitlements from Israelites – whether they like it or not! He said, “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. But if you abstain from vowing, it shall not be sin to you. That which has gone from your lips you shall keep and perform, for you voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth” (Deuteronomy 23:21-23).
God cares about the promises that his children made to him, and he would wait to see them fulfilled. The Creator is always anxious to see his children returning from crises to give him due honor. For example, any child of God who finds himself in trouble is expected to call on God for help. The person may promise to offer God some sacrificial gifts if he delivers him. Once the fellow received his expected breakthrough, he must honor his promise and redeem it to God. Meanwhile, the Creator will anxiously wait to see the promise fulfilled. If the fellow fails, he would be considered a sinner. However, if he redeems his promise honorably, he would be positively rewarded. God will honor anyone who makes him feel important in his or her life.
Dear God, please do not let me make empty promises to you, but help me to honor you with my promises. Please forgive me of all unredeemed vows. I repent today, and I will immediately redeem all the pledges that I have made to you in the past. After I redeem my pledges, let my delayed blessings be released. Henceforth, let me satisfy you with pleasant offerings, and let my gifts gladdens your heart towards me – so that I can prosper in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.