Bible in 365 Days – Day 132

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 61-62
  • Psalms 64-67

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 66:13-14 NLT

Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—
yes, the sacred vows that I made
when I was in deep trouble.

 

Observation (s):

  1. When his deep trouble ended, David still honoured the vows he had made to God.

    Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
    to fulfill the vows I made to you—
    yes, the sacred vows that I made
    when I was in deep trouble.

     

Application:

To vow means to swear, take an oath, pledgepromiseaffirmavowundertake, give an undertaking, engagecommit, commit oneself, make a commitment, give one’s word, give one’s word of honour, give an assurance or guarantee. How would you feel if you worked for a month and your boss refused to pay you? Would you have been happy to continue working without the necessary payment that your contract or bargain dictated that you were entitled to? I bet not!

Now let’s talk about our oaths to God. In the midst of our sticky situations, we tend to bargain with God. We appeal for His deliverance while committing to do something in return. Oftentimes when God delivers on His end, we forget our part of the bargain or refuse to fulfill our promise. That is definitely not fair to God!

How many times have you made pledges to God in the midst of your deep trouble? Did you give your word that you would execute some action, if God came through for you? How many times did God come through for you yet you have failed to uphold your end of the deal? Like David, your word should be your bond. Honour your vows to God.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 94

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Focus Chapters:

  • Judges 11:29-40
  • Judges 12-15

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

Judges 11:30-31 NLT

And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. He said, “If you give me victory over the Ammonites, I will give to the Lord whatever comes out of my house to meet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”

 

THE REACTION

Judges 11:32, 34-36, 39 NLT

So Jephthah led his army against the Ammonites, and the Lord gave him victory.

When Jephthah returned home to Mizpah, his daughter came out to meet him, playing on a tambourine and dancing for joy. She was his one and only child; he had no other sons or daughters. When he saw her, he tore his clothes in anguish. “Oh, my daughter!” he cried out. “You have completely destroyed me! You’ve brought disaster on me! For I have made a vow to the Lord, and I cannot take it back.”

And she said, “Father, if you have made a vow to the Lord, you must do to me what you have vowed, for the Lord has given you a great victory over your enemies, the Ammonites.

When she returned home, her father kept the vow he had made, and she died a virgin.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Jephthah made a vow to the Lord in order to ensure that the Lord would give him victory over the Ammonites.

    And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. He said, “If you give me victory over the Ammonites, I will give to the Lord whatever comes out of my house to meet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”

  2. When Jephthah realized the consequences of his vow, his first reaction, though dismayed, was to honor it.

    When Jephthah returned home to Mizpah, his daughter came out to meet him, playing on a tambourine and dancing for joy. She was his one and only child; he had no other sons or daughters. When he saw her, he tore his clothes in anguish. “Oh, my daughter!” he cried out. “You have completely destroyed me! You’ve brought disaster on me! For I have made a vow to the Lord, and I cannot take it back.”

  3. Although Jephthah’s vow would result in her demise, his daughter still encouraged him to keep it.

    And she said, “Father, if you have made a vow to the Lord, you must do to me what you have vowed, for the Lord has given you a great victory over your enemies, the Ammonites. 

     

Application:

Have you ever promised to do something only to realize that the results are going to hurt you deeply? That’s what happened with Jephthah! He made a vow to God assuming that the first thing to come and greet him, following his victory, would be something that wasn’t precious to him and could be easily parted with and sacrificed. Much to his horror, the first thing to greet him was his one and only precious daughter!

Many of us, if we were in Jephthah’s shoes, would start making excuses and thinking of ways to break our word to God. Despite his dismay and sorrow, his first reaction is to honor the vow he had made. One cannot overlook Jephthah’s daughter! Although the consequences would result in her demise, she also encouraged her father to honor his vow. The person Jephthah found precious was someone who held him to his word!

In the end, Jephthah kept his vow to God, although it meant sacrificing the person he loved the most. Your word should be your bond! Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to honor vows. Will you keep your vow?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 77

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Focus Chapters:

  • Deuteronomy 21:10-23
  • Deuteronomy 22-25

 

Standout Verse(s):

Deuteronomy 23:21 NLT

“When you make a vow to the Lord your God, be prompt in fulfilling whatever you promised him. For the Lord your God demands that you promptly fulfill all your vows, or you will be guilty of sin.

 

Observation (s):

  1. We are required to promptly fulfil any vows we make to God.

    “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, be prompt in fulfilling whatever you promised him. For the Lord your God demands that you promptly fulfill all your vows, or you will be guilty of sin.

     

Application:

When I hear the word vow, I generally get fixed on the aura of solemnity. According to Cambridge Online, to vow is “to make a firm promise or decision to do something”. The truth is, we make vows (covenants or pledges) all the time. When we participate in an auction, every bid is a covenant that you will pay for and take the item you want secured for you. When you take out a loan or mortgage, the contract is a pledge that you will make the repayments. When we sign a job contract, we are promising that we will deliver on the terms outlined in our job descriptions. Each time we make a promise or “pinky swear”, we make a commitment that we will deliver.

We find it easy to uphold our commitments in the physical realm while ignoring our spiritual vows. Does this sound familiar? “Lord, if you [do something], I will [do something]. How many times have you promised the Lord that you will do something that you never deliver on? Do not make promises that you can’t or don’t intend to uphold. Most importantly, honour the vows and “pinky swears” you make to God.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 49

Focus Chapters:

  • Leviticus 7-8

 

Standout Verse(s):

Leviticus 7:12, 7:16 and 7:28-30 NLT

If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil.

“If you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, the meat must be eaten on the same day the sacrifice is offered, but whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present a peace offering to the Lord, bring part of it as a gift to the Lord. Present it to the Lord with your own hands as a special gift to the Lord. Bring the fat of the animal, together with the breast, and lift up the breast as a special offering to the Lord.

 

Observation (s):

  1. There are three types of peace offerings that can be presented to the Lord: an expression of thanksgiving, a fulfillment of a vow and a voluntary offering.

    If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil.

    AND

    If you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, the meat must be eaten on the same day the sacrifice is offered, but whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day.

  2. A part of all peace offerings are expected to be personally presented by the giver to God.

    When you present a peace offering to the Lord, bring part of it as a gift to the LordPresent it to the Lord with your own hands as a special gift to the Lord.

     

Application:

I love heartfelt gifts! Gifts, no matter the size or nature, make me feel appreciated, seen and needed. I particularly enjoy when someone demonstrates appreciation for my efforts, fulfils a promise or surprises me. A gift, in essence, is unrequested and unbound by obligations and is generally presented at the pleasure of the giver.

The Lord considers peace offerings, special gifts that His people are under no obligation to give to Him. We are expected to give peace offerings to God not because we are required to do so but because it gives us pleasure to do so. Peace offerings come from the heart; whether it is from a heart of thanksgiving, fulfillment of a vow made from the heart or voluntary gift given from the heart. If I enjoy gifts so much, I can just imagine the pleasure the Lord feels when I extend to Him a gift of heartfelt praise and thanksgiving, when I deliver on a promise I had made to him or when I give Him an inspired voluntary gift. The Lord gives us good gifts, how about we shift the shoe to the next foot and give Him special gifts from our own hands?

 


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