I’m going to start this post with two verses from the Holy Book, the Bible. Ecclesiastes 5: 4-5:
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.
In 2010, I made a vow- one that when I wrote down the amount, I got scared. But since this was not my first vow, I chose to believe. In retrospect, I guess I wasn’t believing at all; I was hoping (I discussed faith vs. hope HERE).
2011, the year of reconciliation came and excuses mounted. That year went by and I told myself, “God understands”. 2012 came and “God still understands”. In summary, it took me 2 years to pay a vow that was to last for one year. I can’t begin to tell you how costly this folly was. It seemed I was getting money and I just could not explain where it was going. That same period, even with my borrow-phobia, I got into another (human) debt.
I found myself servicing the other debt at the expense of my vow to God because “God understands”. You see, until I started telling myself that “God does not understand”, I could not move beyond the problem. I will probably highlight the steps I took to getting out of that vow-debt in a later post but I’d tell you this: He is a merciful Father.
If you find yourself in a similar situation today, by all means do whatever is necessary to make restitution.
Song for the moment: Mistakes by Marvin Winans
Food for thought:
Borrowing is not a sin but it is a weight; an unnecessary weight (Dr. David O. Oyedepo)
Never feel compelled/cajoled to give.