Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 9:22-10:39 (additional reading: Psalm 34:1-10 and Proverbs 21:13)
Today we read about four vows, or promises, that the people of God made in Nehemiah 10. God takes his promises seriously. People have a difficult time making commitments. We see it in marriages – There are people who don’t want to be married because they fear commitment, or at least they fear the obligation that commitment brings. We see it in churches. We have members who do not want to commit to things that will require anything of them. We are a world of people wanting to keep their options open all the time, so they don’t commit.
The Bible talks about commitments that we make in Numbers 30:2 “When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.” So commitments are not to be taken lightly. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament talk about that. In the New Testament, Jesus warns against making empty promises Matthew 5:33-37 “33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ’Do not break your oath but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 Simply let your ’Yes’ be ’Yes,’ and your ’No,’ ’No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one”
Jesus is not saying that you can never make a vow. He is saying your character should be as such that when you say you will do something, you should not need to swear that you are going to do it to get people to believe you. Live in such a way that when you commit to something, you don’t have to back it up with all kinds of oaths and promises to have people believe you.
Here are some places that maybe we have to start in making a Commitment to God. Make a commitment to Submit to God’s Word, make a commitment to Sabbath rest make a commitment to Support the Lord’s work and whatever God has laid on your heart. Commitment will help us focus on what we need to do and show our love to Him.
Do you avoid commitment?
What are you committed to?
Father, Thank You that You are always true to Your Word. Help us to live lives of commitment to You. Help us to be people of our word and remain true to our promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen