Beware of Foolhardy Finagling

April 16, 2014 at 10:24 am | Posted in The Fives | 1 Comment
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Have you ever found yourself in a great deal of unexpected trouble? At times like these, when the pressure is on, and our options seem limited to the frying pan versus the fire, we may be tempted to try to bribe our way out of trouble.

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For example, there may have been times in the middle of an ill-conceived and horrifying roller coaster ride when I made some promises to God about changing my ways if He would cause the ride to stop (at the bottom!) so I could safely escape.

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Or, perhaps, sitting outside the principal’s office as an elementary school student, I might have been tempted to propose a bargain concerning my future behavioral issues, if the Lord would somehow arrange it so that my parents didn’t find out about my (recent!) past behavioral issues.

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The Bible warns against making these types of rash, or foolhardy, vows:

Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Ecclesiastes 5:5

The Lord God Almighty is not someone with whom we should trifle. Vows and promises made before Him or to Him are serious matters. While we are encouraged and commanded to call upon the Lord in prayer whenever we are in trouble, we should be extremely cautious of trying to bribe Him with promises we have no intention of keeping, or even with ones that we might lack the ability to keep.

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  1. […] Supposed to Be 6. Do Birds Sing about Eternity? 7. Good Timing 8. Order in a Fallen World 9. Beware of Foolhardy Finagling 10. Working for a Living 11. Fresh, Frail, or Fruitful? 12. Two Kinds of Heart Medication 13. […]


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