Promises, Promises



Today’s Passage – Ecclesiastes 5 – 8 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Luke 7 – 8; Psalms 120 – 125; Proverbs 26)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “0726 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from this passage – “We Talk Too Much

“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. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?” – (Ecclesiastes 5:4-6)

Back when my grandfather was a young man, a man could get a loan simply by promising with a handshake that he would pay it back. People in those days kept their word. They followed through on what they said they would do. Today it is much different. Many people today are not at all trustworthy. They are quick to promise, but often slow to keep their word. God says here in our passage this morning that we should be slow to make promises, but once a promise is made, we should do everything we can to keep it.

I want to encourage all of you that are reading this thought this morning to think (and pray) very carefully before you commit yourself to something. Don’t let pressure or emotion cause you to agree to do something that you may not be able to fulfill. I remember years ago I gave a pledge in January that I would give a certain amount of money per week toward that year’s faith promise missions offering. I was making good money at the time, and I did not think that there would be any problems. However, later that year, my family and I packed up to move to Texas to go to Bible College. I was no longer in a financial position to keep that committment, but I had made a promise, and I knew our church’s missions program was depending on that offering. Cindy and I agreed that we should sacrifice some things in order to fulfill our pledge. I haven’t always kept my promises in life, but I am very glad I kept that one.

Today we live in a world that is lacking basic trust, and the reason we don’t trust one another is that we do not keep our word. We say one thing and do another. We make promises to people and to God that may be well meaning, but ultimately we fail to follow through. Let’s stop making promises that we can’t keep. And when we do give our word, let’s keep it.

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9 years ago

When I read this I couldn’t help to think of marriage. There are too many marriages ending in divorce because people don’t think and pray before entering into a lifelong commitment . I know from many mistakes in my own life that it is so much easier to stop, think, and most important , PRAY anytime there is a big decision to be made. Keeping God in the center of any decision is the only way to have peace about the outcome.

Gary Geiger
Gary Geiger
1 month ago

I like the post, I always consider the cost before entering into a commitment. Recently I was asked to do something my gut immediately said no but after prayer and pastor Pugh message I can see why God put this opportunity in my path. I am honored to do it and keep my promise even though I’m scared to do it. Consider the cost.

1 month ago

Amen Pastor. I remember as a very young boy my Dad had a heating and air conditioning business.He had to do a job on a Sunday which was a bank .He took me and my brother with him ,surprisingly the bank gave him the keys to open up. My Dad was a very honest man. Another time he had to put metal duck work in a wall of a Catholic Church the poor box was in the way he had to take the poor box out when he did a big pile of money fell out ,you see the chute going to the box was rusted out and the money was going behind the box, when he got the priest he was shocked to see all the money on the floor and in the wall, my Dad never took one penny of it.It was a good example to me about honesty and being trustworthy. Like the post.

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