‘And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then shall the lord be my god; and this stone, which i have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.’ (Genesis 28 v 20-22)
Jacob made this vow on the way to the house of Laban. He had walked all the way from present-day Israel to present-day Iraq. He was in trouble. His brother had threatened to kill him. Jacob was obviously aware that his survival was at stake. That’s when he vowed that if God would get him where he was going and back, he would give a tenth of everything he owned.
“And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob; And i said, Here i am. And he said, lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled; for i have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me; now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.” (Genesis 31 v 11-13)
God showed Jacob all that he had been given, and then came the reminder about the vow. Jacob may have forgotten about the vow he had made 21 years before, but God did not forget. Making a vow is very serious. Fulfilling your part of the vow is critical. We know that Absalom, King David’s son, made a vow and broke it (2 Samuel 15 v 7-8). Absalom’s life was restored as a result of the vow, but God ended up taking his life because he broke it.
The Power Of Your Vow
“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalm 50 v 15-15).
When God’s people are in trouble, making and fulfilling a vow is sometimes the only way out. God never forgets vows. Are you facing major challenges? It is biblical to make a vow when you are in those difficult situations. Go to God and say,
“Lord, here’s what I am facing. I need this to be solved in my life, and here is what I will do.”
Make a commitment. Tell God the amount you are promising. This is not a seed. This is not an offering. There is a difference between a vow and offerings or seeds. A vow gets God’s attention in a way that a seed or offering cannot. Whatever you do, be sure to fulfill your vow;
“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed” (Ecclesiastes 5 v 4).
There are other examples in the Bible of individuals making vows – Jephthah (Judges 11 v 30), Hannah (1 samuel 1 v 11), David (Psalm 56 v 12), Solomon (Proverbs 7 v 14), Jonah (Jonah 2 v 9), and the apostle paul (Acts 18 v 18).
Make a vow as God speaks to you, then get ready to see His power unleashed in your life in an unprecedented way. There is power in a vow!