SUNDAY July 30, 2017
Keeping Your Word
The Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, and Kadmiel. Their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah, Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Bani, and Beninu. - >Nehemiah 10:9-13
A covenant was an important agreement to keep before the Lord. Understand, once someone had made and oath to God, the Lord expected them to keep their word. King Solomon, whom God gifted with His wisdom, instructed God’s people to really think and give great consideration before making any kind of oath to the Lord:
Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed—better not to vow than to vow and not pay (Ecclesiastes 5:1-5).
Many times, people make an agreement or swear by God that they are going to do something, but they do not keep their promises. In the New Testament, Jesus said: But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one (Matthew 5:37).
We have to be men and women of our word. If you do not follow through with what you say, pretty soon people will think you are a flake. They will not trust you. I personally do not trust anybody who does not keep their word. Why should I?
Men many times eat their words, but God will never eat his.
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