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Do what You say that you will do–to God and to men. As Solomon continues his search for truth–After determining that the world’s approach to life is meaningless, he next covers the issue of integrity.  In a word, He first discusses vows with God–When we make a vow to the Lord, we have to keep it.  God does not require us to make a number of vows–in fact, the primary covenant we have he makes–“If you confess with your mouth that he is Lord, and believe God has raised him from the dead, You will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10.

When we make covenants with God, however, he expects us to honor them. Whether fasting, giving, serving or trusting him–he does not require us to speak brashly or promise the world.  But when we promise God to do something, we need to understand he takes it seriously.  We should honor him by being careful about what we promise and then keeping the promises we make.  It is of course the same in our relationships with others.  We need to be people of integrity.  Be slow in making covenants and promises–but, be faithful in the ones you make.  It will change your life and it will bring purpose and meaning to an otherwise senseless culture!

God Bless You

Do not be quick with your mouth,
    do not be hasty in your heart
    to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
    and you are on earth,
    so let your words be few.
A dream comes when there are many cares,
    and many words mark the speech of a fool.

When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.