• Jephthah’s Rash Vow Devotional

    Judges 11:29–40

    If God’s grace did not cover the sins of God’s people, then we would be utterly without hope. Believers can do awful things, and thanks be to God, they are forgiven when they turn to Christ. However, that does not give us license to transgress God’s law. If we do so, we will incur God’s fatherly displeasure and discipline, and we will bring suffering in our wake. View Resource

  • Oaths and Vows in Worship Devotional

    Nehemiah 10:28–29

    Worship in the Reformed tradition has often been seen as a service of covenant renewal, and in Scripture vows are taken when the covenant is renewed (see Josh. 24). Our worship itself can be seen as a vow to serve God. That is one of the reasons why it should be taken seriously. Worship is a holy occasion on which we meet with our holy God to swear allegiance to Him. It is not a time for frivolity. View Resource

  • Jesus’ Teaching on Oaths Devotional

    Matthew 5:33–37

    Jesus’ teaching leads us to conclude that it is better not to make a vow than to swear an oath that we have no intention of keeping. It also reinforces the point that oaths and vows should not be made on just any occasion, but they should be reserved only for occasions of great import and lasting significance. In other cases, we should let our yes be yes and our no be no. But in all circumstances, we must strive to keep our word. View Resource

  • The Word of a Man Devotional

    James 5:12

    Dr. Sproul says that one of the chief differences between us and the Lord is our penchant for breaking promises, while He always fulfills His promises. Think today of a promise you may have not yet fulfilled and then go and keep it. If you have broken a promise to another person, make amends that you might be known as a person of integrity. Take care in the promises you make, and enter only into commitments that you can keep. View Resource

  • The Third Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:7

    It is often said that the way we talk about God in everyday conversation is more revealing of what we think about Him than anything else. Take some time today to consider how you use the Lord’s name. Do you take the oaths made before Him seriously and fear the consequences if you break them? Is your speech about our Father reverent, or do you refer to His name in a flippant manner? Be mindful to hallow His name in everything that you say. View Resource

  • Vows and Proper Intent Devotional

    Matthew 5:33–37

    Matthew Henry writes that “the frequent requiring and using of oaths, is a poor reflection on Christians, who should be of such acknowledged fidelity, as that their sober words should be as sacred as their solemn oaths.” Believers are to be people so known for their truthfulness that they have no need to vow that they will keep their word. Let us not make promises that we cannot keep and be faithful to do what we say in big and small things. View Resource

  • Keeping the Pledge Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 5:4–5

    We are foolish if we think that we can make a lawful vow and then not pay it. God regards our oaths as sacred and will hold us accountable if we break them. Take some time today to consider the oaths you have taken and ask yourself if you have fulfilled them. If not, repent today and then begin to do what is necessary to fulfill your oaths. In doing so you will affirm the sanctity of truth and live out your confession of faith in our God and Father. View Resource

  • Lawful Oaths and Vows Devotional

    Exodus 20:1–17

    Do you flippantly use the Lord’s name in conversation without even thinking about His majesty or holiness? What about the process you go through before you commit yourself with a vow? Do you consider the situation carefully or do you rush in without much thought beforehand? Spend some time meditating on God’s holiness so that you will not be guilty of profaning His name by using it flippantly or by making a rash vow. View Resource

  • Occasions for Oaths Devotional

    Genesis 15

    The fact that God swore an oath when He initiated the Abrahamic covenant demonstrates that oaths are appropriate when we make life-regulating agreements. Remarkably, society has always recognized this through things like marriage vows, ordination vows, and, to a lesser degree, business contracts. If you are married, find a way to reaffirm your vows with your spouse. Whatever your marital status, ask God to help you keep any other vows you have taken. View Resource

  • Idolatrous Oaths Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:13–15

    If you were to ask people what it means to take the name of the Lord in vain, most would probably say that it involves some kind of curse of the name of God. However, anytime we swear an oath by the name of a created thing or use His name carelessly, we have also violated this commandment. If you have sworn oaths in any other name besides the name of the Lord, repent today and remember to be careful about how you use His name in your everyday speech. View Resource

  • A Vow’s Intent Devotional

    Matthew 5:33–37

    All of us have made promises that we do not intend to keep. We make vows all the while knowing that we have a way out if we want it. As we have seen today, however, such activity violates the law of God. God looks upon the heart (1 Sam. 16:7) and knows whether our intentions conform to the promises that we make. If you have made a promise that you did not intend to keep, remember that if it is a lawful promise you must keep it. Go and keep it today. View Resource

  • Oaths and Vows Devotional

    James 5:12

    John Calvin writes that if James’ audience “observed faithfulness as they ought, in their words, there would have been no necessity of so many superfluous oaths.” How trustworthy is your speech? Can people believe what you say? Do you see no harm in telling “little white lies?” If you have been guilty of being less than truthful in your speech, then go make amends with those you have offended and ask the Lord to help you make your tongue always speak the truth. View Resource

  • The Oaths of Men Devotional

    Hebrews 6:16

    Lawful oaths are a proper part of the Christian life. Marriage vows are one of the best examples we have of lawful and godly oaths. Remember the promises you made before God on your wedding day, and, if you are not married, do not enter marriage without solemnly considering the promises you will make if you do marry someday. View Resource