Devotion for Saturday, April 6, 2024

“Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord’” (Matthew 5:33).

Take care with what you say.  Humans have always made vows.  Why?  Because humans are also great liars.  A vow is often really nothing less than an promise that you will do what you have said that you would do.  Rather than making contracts and vows, perhaps move in the direction of simply saying what you will do and then make it a habit of doing what you say. Jesus is always getting to the truth of the matter.

Lord, you know the long contracts and agreements I have signed, or on the computer, clicked on.  We live in an age where many people are not honest.  We know how to be untruthful, but it is very hard to always be honest; yet that is the direction I need to go.  Lead me to the place where I learn how to be truthful.  Let me not be like the unfaithful, but like You, Lord.  Guide me in the way of truthfulness.

Lord Jesus, lead me to come to the place where what passes my lips is honest and true.  Help me to know that in You alone is there hope and an eternal future.  You are teaching me to have a consistently honest character.  You know what I will encounter this day.  Let me not fall into the trap of making a vow when all I need to do is what I have said I would do.  Give me what I need … to do what I say, Lord.  Amen.