Why Keep Our Promises?


Keeping Promises

Have you ever promised to do something for someone and later realized that to do the task would make things difficult for you?  What do you do in such situations?  Do you just suck it up and do what you promised or do you say to the person that you conveniently “forgot” to do it?

No Promise=No Trust

The idea of keeping your promises is something that is not taken seriously in this culture.  That is because people do not like to be held accountable for doing things.  Nevertheless, we still “promise” to do something with no intention of keeping them.  With so many broken promises out there, no wonder there are so many trust issues in the world.

Serious Consequences

For a Christ-follower, this tendency to not keep your word can have some serious consequences.  Especially if you are not fulfilling your promises to God!  Suppose, while you are praying, you ask Him to help you out in a situation, and in return, you promise Him that you will spend at least fifteen minutes of time everyday reading His Word.  Sure enough, the Lord answers your prayers, but then you realize that to keep your vow to Him is more difficult than you thought.  What would you do?

Serious Business

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. (Ecclesiastes 5:1 NIV)  For the preacher, coming before the Lord is a very serious business, after all, He is the creator of the entire universe.  With that in mind, in our prayer life, we must think our words through before we say them.

Beware of Impulsive Prayers

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:2 NIV) The Lord is not please when we speak impulsively because they reveal the spiritual immaturity within us.  What do impulsive statements look like?  

Dangers of Impulsiveness

Usually, they consist of an abundance of words that are laced with flattery and with promises that the giver never intends to keep.  The Almighty does not take joy in the person who does not keep their promises.  That is because a promise breaker is a liar and He detests those who do so.  I don’t know about you, but I would not want to be on God Almighty’s bad side.

Do What You Promise

With that in mind, it is important that when you make a promise to the Lord, be sure to fulfill it as quickly as possible.  Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. (Ecclesiastes 5:6 NIV) Our prayers to the Lord should not be fueled with flattery or selfish wishes, but be motivated out of reverent fear of the One who alone determines our final destiny.  Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? (Ecclesiastes 5:6 NIV)

Light of Promise

Therefore, since we know that God hates all those who break promises, as followers of Christ, we must strive to keep them.  Even when it is hard to do so at times, we honor the Lord when we do what we say.  Such integrity is attractive to those who see and when they ask why we keep our word, we can tell them all about the Lord whom we love and serve; and it is He that drives us.  Let us be Lights of Trust which people go to and let our light point to the true Light, Jesus Christ.

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