Text:: “Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.'' - Ecclesiastes 5:5.
Comment: To make a vow to God is good as it shows that one is making a serious commitment to God Almighty concerning an important issue that one totally looks up to Him for help. (Psalm 121:1) Jesus Christ our Lord, while teaching his disciples how to pray stated, “… for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him”. (Mathew 6:8) Though God knows our needs, He still requires us to ask as it is an expression of faith in His providence. Jesus Christ himself went further to state “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that askethreceiveth; and he that seekethfindeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7, 8) From this, it is clear that God will grant our desires or needs if we ask of him. However, if we decide to go a step further by making a commitment in form of pledge or promise to God Almighty because of how dear that need is to us, we should not fail to fulfill such promise after God has granted our desire, for it would be better if 'we do not vow than to vow and not pay. This was attested to by Moses the prophet when he told the children of Israel “But if thou shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.'' – Deuteronomy 23:22.