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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thy Words Be Done


by Arthelo Palma

2 Samuel 9

Thy Words Be DoneA successful marriage is indeed proven for better or worst. Couples made this vow to remain united in love in sickness and in health. The fulfillment of this vow could manifest itself when the years might turn their hair gray, but the spark of love in their hearts remained kindled.

I owed money to a friend, but until now I still have not paid it. However, I made a vow that before 2013, everything will be settled. I mean it and starting now, I am making ways by God’s grace to fulfill my vow.

Banks are always looking forward to clients who would give their words and fulfill them. It is important in business. See this point. Go to your neighbor, borrow some money and promise to pay him at a specified time. Break this oath and you will find it hard to ask the same favor from him again.

During the job interview, the applicant would be asked of many questions. The employer expects many things from the applicant and so one question would be, “What can you contribute to our company?” If we might have not noticed it, this is a form of making oath, as the applicant would start to explain the things he would do once he starts working with the company. In the moment the applicant’s performance failed to satisfy what the employer’s expected and heard during the job interview, the training process might be cut off and firing the aspirant during the hiring process could be the best possible option.

I have heard many people say “Promises are made to be broken.” At one point they make sense because many people make oaths or promises but were not able to fulfill them. The Bible reminded us that it is a sin when we make vows but would not fulfill them. “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’ anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).

Another secret why David became successful at the onset of establishing his kingdom was the fact that he was a man who fulfilled his vows (verse 3). God blessed David with more because of his heart that was completely in line with God’s. One important characteristic of the Lord that He wants to be part of us is integrity, which includes the point that we have to fulfill our oaths made. God is always true to His Words (Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalm 18:30; Romans 3:4). 

God’s message:

It is always a good thing to fulfill our promise before the Lord. When we promise to our neighbor, we are doing it to the Lord (Matthew 5:35).

God’s promise:

God blesses the life of those who remain true to their promises or vows.

God’s command:

God instructed us to always fulfill our words.

God’s warning:

It is not pleasing before God when we do not fulfill our words.

Application:

Make it a lifestyle to be always true to our words.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, the Creator of all things, the everlasting God, thank You for making us worthy to receive Your Word today. Thank You for reminding us to fulfill our vow before You. Help us at all times to remember this Word so that we may not fall into sinning. This we ask and pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!  

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