- Posted by: Fred Okwir
- Category: Devotions
The Power of A Vow
A vow is a serious promise made to God. For example, a person may promise God that he will perform some act, offer some gift, enter some type of service, or abstain from certain things. Vows are made by choice, using free will. Nobody is forced to make a vow. But when a person chooses to do so, God views his vow as a serious promise that must be respected and kept. In the Bible, a vow is as important as an oath.
A vow is a powerful weapon of warfare. When we tell God that if he grants us victory we shall perform certain acts, God always does answers us. After he has answered us, we should fulfill our vows.
Eccl 5:4-6 “ When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the [temple] messenger, “My vow was a mistake.”
Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?
1 Sam1:9-11 “Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple. 10 In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
1 Sam 1:24-28 “After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me
what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
Examples of some who fulfilled their vows to God
- Hannah (1Samuel 1:11-28)
Hannah told God that she will give her son to the house of God if He gives her a child and she fulfilled her vow.
- Jacob (Gen 28:16-22,Gen 35:3-15)
Jacob made a vow to God concerning his journey and made it a success, he never forget his vow and he fulfilled it.
- Jephthah Judges 11:30-39
Jephthah went to war with the children of Ammon and told God if he comes back victorious, that anything that comes out to embrace him will he give to God but unfortunately it was his only daughter. It pained him but had no choice and he fulfilled it.
Brethren, I urge you to pay what you owe to God and your life will forever be sweet and always progress.
If you still have no personal relationship with Christ, you can establish one.
All of us have a destiny in God, and a purpose in life. He is the source of all that we will need. You can say this prayer below, with Him now and become a child of God with full rights to access his power and resources.
“Dear Jesus, I come to you as a sinner. I repent of all my sins. Forgive me. Right now, come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Amen”.
If you said that prayer from your heart, then you are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Find a bible teaching Church near you where you can fellowship in order to grow spiritually. Let me know about your commitment to Christ.
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