Devotion for February 26, 2023

“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.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

When it comes to making commitments and keeping them, Solomon doesn’t mince any of his words: “Don’t shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think … When you tell God you’ll do something, do it — now. God takes no pleasure in foolish drivel. Vow it, then do it. Far better not to vow in the first place than to vow and not pay up. Don’t let your mouth make a total sinner of you. When called to account, you won’t get by with ‘Sorry, I didn’t mean it’” (vv. 2, 4-6).

That means don’t be impulsive, listen as much as you speak, get as much information as you can, then consult God in prayer before you make a commitment. People often say what they think others want to hear, but that can get them into a lot of trouble. Don’t promise something you can’t deliver. And don’t make excuses. Nothing diminishes your influence like trying to reverse a mistake with a lame excuse.

When you make a commitment based on emotion, you will only follow through if you feel a certain way. True commitment doesn’t work like that. It’s not a feeling; it’s a character quality. Human emotions constantly fluctuate, but commitment has to be rock solid. Real dedication shines through in times of trouble and adversity. It doesn’t depend on gifts or abilities, but on integrity. It’s a result of choice, not conditions. And it only lasts when it’s based on values. Bottom line: “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God” (v. 2). So look before you leap, and think before you commit.

Prayer

Lord, let my words reflect Your will in all things, and let me choose decisions made on thoughtful prayer and not the “emotion of the moment”. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Pastor Mike

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