Today’s reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 19, 27:1-34; Numbers 6:1-21; Deuteronomy 22:9-11; 23:1-8, 21-23
How is everyone? Are you keeping up with your daily reading? I must confess that I am having tough time in going through due to details! However, I see a lot of these rules and regulations that are in our current modern legal system. For me, that is quite interesting. For example, when you commit a sin of stealing, a restitution is required. For a crime of theft under $5000, often the accused is to make a restitution to reduce the sentence.
I find this section interesting today – “whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.” Have you had any time that you made a promise and could not fulfill regardless whether you made effort to fulfill or not? In many cases, we tend to minimize such promises , especially when you made such promise to another person.
But, how does it make you feel differently if any vow you utter from your lips is in reverence to God your Lord? Doesn’t that make you see or feel your failed promise so much more important? If we are to love one another as commanded, the kind of love Christ has shown to us, we should be carefully in uttering any promise from our lips to anyone if we are not to be able to fulfill. If we can’t fulfill, we have always an option to come clean before God and ask for forgiveness, rather than “ignoring”, “shifting the blame”, “justification” or even being angry instead!
If you have or want to have a loving relation with whoever you could not fulfill your vow, I am sure that you can reconcile as long as you come clean before that person for reverence of God.
So, who is that person you are avoiding because you made a failed promise? I got a couple of them around me. I will be seeking their forgiveness and God’s. Won’t you join me in this application today?