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"Precede With Caution!"

And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 1 Samuel 1:11
 
There are times where we may be experiencing a great need. And in the midst of that need, we find ourselves crying out to God to meet that need. Out of exhaustion, depression, or pure desperation, we find ourselves making a vow to God in exchange for a blessing. Here is where we need to "precede with caution!"
 
In 1 Samuel chapter1, you read about Hannah who deeply desires to have a child. Not just a child, but a man child. She is being teased, harrassed or as the scripture says provoked by Peninnah because of her inability to have a child. Hannah is so distressed by not being able to conceive a child that she stops eating and sleeping. But one day, Hannah rose up after she had eaten and went to the temple to pray to the Lord. This is where she made her vow to God.
 
When we make a vow, we are making a promise that we should intend to keep. Unlike people who get married and divorce after things that don't go their way, God should be held at a higher standard. We need to be very careful about making promises we can't keep. Breaking promises shows lack of character-makes you a liar, shows lack of integrity-you use people to get what you want with no intentions of doing what you said, and shows lack of honor- you can't be trusted. However, God can be trusted, He is faithful, He cannot lie, and He will fulfill His promises (see Isaiah 55:11).
 
My advise to you is to not make promises you can't keep. Be honest with God about how you feel (He already knows anyway), and allow Him access to your heart. You will find that you will never have a better friend than Jesus.
 
And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 26-28
 

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