Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
It is a snare for a person to rashly cry, “Holy!” and only afterward to consider what he has vowed. Proverbs 20.25
Have you been guilty of pledging something whether it be time or support only to need or want to retract it afterwards? How did you feel about going back on what you had said? It is important to think about what you are going to say before saying it.
In Judges 11.29-40, Jephthah was going to war against the Ammonites. As he was approaching the location, he made a vow to the Lord. If the Lord would hand the Ammonites over to him, whoever was the first to come through the doors of his house to meet him after he returned would belong to the Lord and he would offer them in sacrifice. When he returned from defeating them, his daughter, his only child was hurrying out to meet him. As a result of seeing her, he cried, “Oh, no!” His rashly spoken vow was a costly one.
Jesus taught in Matthew 5.33-37, not to take oaths. He taught that your word should be yes or no.
Your words are important! Ponder them carefully before you speak!