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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Keep Your Word”
Do circumstances dictate whether or not we keep our promises? If circumstances change, can we then go back on our word, or if someone breaks their part of the bargain, does this man we don’t have to keep ours?
“This I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.” (Galatians 3:17)
This speaks of God’s promise to Abraham before the law came into existence, and how faith and belief in God and His promises trump the law (Galatians 3:3-6).
But I see God is making this more personal to our lives saying that just because circumstances change doesn’t mean that we can go back on our word.
People say that since someone didn’t keep their end of the bargain, then they don’t have to keep theirs.
After the death of my parents, there were some that said I no longer was under any obligation to maintain the promise I made to them. But I never went back on my promise because my word is my word, and the promise was made not just to my parents, but it was also made before God.
“You shall be careful to do what has passed your lips, for you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth.” (Deuteronomy 23:23)
I kept my word even though they were no longer alive to witness it, and in the end, God honored that decision, because God honors those who honor Him.
The Bible says, “If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.” (Numbers 30:2)
Notice that nothing is mentioned about if things change.
“Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.” (Ecclesiastes 5:5)
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