DAILY DEVOTIONAL

 
 
DAY 18
 
READ
ECCLESIASTES 5:1-7

 

Fulfill Your Vow to God

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.

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.
A dream comes when there are many cares,
    and many words mark the speech of a fool.

When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. 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? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

 
WATCH
 

 
 
ASK
 

1. What recent vow or promise (spiritual or other) have you made that you weren’t able to fulfill? How did that affect your relationship with whom you made the promise to?

 
2. What does it look like for you to fear God? What changes or improvements can you make today to make fearing God a reality in your life?
 
 
PRAY
 

Pray that God would open your eyes to what might be hindering you from truly fearing him and ask that he give you the strength to make the changes necessary to do so.