Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
“Lord, if you deliver me from this unpleasant situation, I will serve you wholeheartedly for the rest of my life.” Does this promise sound familiar? Jephthah promised the Lord that if he won the battle against the Ammonites, he would sacrifice whatever greeted him when he returned home. Sadly, his daughter greeted him when he got home (Judges 11:30-39). We must think very carefully before making promises to God.
It is customary for some of us to make promises to God when we are in what is perceived to be a desperate situation. Unfortunately, as soon as the situation is resolved we renege. Perhaps we were not genuine or at the time, we felt that the situation was a sign to repent and serve the Lord, but after it was resolved, our perspective changed. As such, we no longer view the circumstance as a call to repentance, but just one of life’s challenging moments that happen to everyone. Whatever the reason, God honors his promises and is pleased when we remain true to ours. The Bible says that when we make a vow to God we should fulfil it (Ecclesiastes 5:4).
The story is told that Hannah could not have children because the Lord closed her womb. One day, she prayed out of the anguish of her heart and promised God that if he gave her a child, she would give him back to him for all of his life. God answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son and named him Samuel. In accordance with her promise, she gave him to Eli, the priest to raise him for God’s service (1 Samuel1:1-11). God was pleased that Hannah kept her promise and blessed her with more children, “Hannah kept her promise and gave Samuel to the Lord. And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters” (1 Samuel 2:21).
God blessed Hannah with five more children after she gave Samuel to him. His generosity is beyond understanding. How often have we missed out on rewards because of unkept promises? You might be in a situation where you made promises to God and did not follow through. Well, you have another chance to keep your commitment. I encourage you to revisit your unkept promises, ask Jesus to forgive you, and where possible fulfill them. God’s heart and hands are wide open, he will pour out his blessings on you. He is able to do more than you can ask, think, or imagine according to his power that is at work within you (Ephesians 3:20).