God, if you’ll do this for me, I promise I’ll…

We’ve all done it haven’t we?? Give God a condition, and promise if he’ll just do that for us, then we’ll serve Him all the days of our life. Or we’ll go help that poor person, or we’ll do this, or we’ll do that.

Other than the obvious, “why don’t you just serve God and do what’s right unconditionally?”, this can be an honorable thing. Doing something for God is always a good thing. Even Paul spoke of people preaching Christ out of contention, but he was still happy that the name of Jesus was being preached! So even if it’s a conditional thing, spoken in a moment of deep emotion, when you need something from GOd, so you make him a promise, and then carry that out, its a good thing.

Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes talks about this sort of promise tho. If you make this promise, you did it for God, don’t back out. When the emotion of the moment fades, and God comes through for you…and suddenly there’s 100 reasons why you shouldn’t go do what you promised God you’d do. Many of them are probably great reasons, but why didn’t you think through all this before you made a promise?

Solomon says:
4 ¶ When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

So be careful in what you promise God. If you know you’re not going to keep your promise, don’t make it. God knows your heart anyway.

Bro Branham tells us “each person coming to Christ ought to set down first and think, before you even go to the meeting. “If God should call me, am I ready? If He should speak to my heart tonight, should I stand up; am I ready to surrender all my life to Him?” (All the days of our life)

Stop for a moment and consider God. Don’t wait for the heat of a moment when you need Him and then make a promise to God so He’ll get you out of a bind. Take care of things now, “for better is it that thou shouldest not vow, then that thou shouldest vow and not pay.”

God Bless,
-Bro Trevor


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