Text:: “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 5:4.
Comment: In today's text, King Solomon advised that when we make a promise or pledge to God, we should not delay to fulfill it. Vows are words of commitment that should be treated with utmost seriousness because they are made to God Almighty. Moses charged the Israelites thus, “…This is the thing which the LORD has commanded. If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, … he shall not break his words, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.'' – Numbers 30:1-2.
A man who has become famous for fulfilling his vow, even though it was a very hard one was Jephtah. After consenting to lead the children of Israel to fight the Ammonites who had colonized them, he vowed that in the event of his success against the Ammonites he would offer up as a burnt offering whatsoever should come out to meet him. But as he returned victorious by the power of God, it was his daughter, his only child, who came out to meet him with timbrels and dancing. Though heart-stricken, he consented to her request to be given two months to “bewail her virginity”. She kept to her word and the Bible record says, he "did with her according to his vow”. (Judges 11:30-35) Jephtah's faithfulness in keeping his vow, is one of the reasons for which he has been listed as one of the ancient worthies to be in God's Kingdom fully established. – Hebrews 11:32