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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.
From the beginning of the Israelite nation, it was God’s plan to hold a man or a woman to their word. In this passage, He speaks of a person who makes a vow or pledge to the Lord, saying that by making the vow, he is now bound to the Lord to keep the vow he made.
The truth is no one asks another for a vow. Except perhaps in the act of Holy Marriage, where each person pledges themselves to the other as long as they both shall live. Yet, a vow made to God is a free act of one’s will, where the individual who wants to draw closer to their Maker endeavors to do so by making a promise that costs them dearly in the long run. In the Old Testament, it was incumbent on the one making the vow to see the vow through as long as they lived. Like all laws, vows, pledges, and promises get broken in time. Perhaps the leading cause of these broken promises is a lack of really understanding what one is promising. My grandmother used to look at me when I was a little boy and had broken a promise, and she would say to me with fire in her eyes, “Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say!” Maybe that’s the kind of personal fortitude we should bring to the table when we are making wild vows to the Lord. You can almost hear Jesus say to all of us, “Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say!”
This AM, I’m taking note of what I have personally written about vows. Because my flesh is weak, I know in the past I’ve made You some promises I ended up breaking. From this point on, I will always “Say What I Mean And Mean What I Say.” Amen