Another sobering reminder from Solomon on being careful what we promise to God. When we hit bad times in life, our mouths can write checks that our body’s can’t cash.
I don’t know about you, but I can personally attest to this, where I have gotten so tripped up by some kind of calamity, for me it was a health issue, that I started quietly making rash promises to God that I would be unable to keep.
If that is something you can relate to, today’s scripture is something we should take note of:
Ecc 5:4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.
Ecc 5:5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
To summarize, God has no patience in dealing with fools, we can’t file for bankruptcy with God, so as Solomon aptly points out, it is best to not make a rash promise to God that we cannot keep.
While this shows us God’s unbending fidelity to His laws, it should also be a big wake up call to us too, like with sin; as Paul tells us, “the wages of sin is death”
Given the original sin that we are borne with, we have piled up some pretty heavy wages of sin, and no good deeds that we do in this life is going to balance out the scales. Thankfully, we are reminded that the One Person that does take away our sin is God’s Son, Jesus, whom He sent into the world to take away the debts that our sins of ramped up.