When an Israelite in the Bible times made a vow to God, it was private, between them and God. Unless, of course, if they were a woman. What gives?
He'd move mountains for us, stay up all night talking to us, pour out blessings so that we won't have room for them. How can we resist that? How do we give that energy right on back to Him?
Love isn't something you trip and fall into. Love isn't a collection of butterflies or heady emotions. Love is...well, love is...
"It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart." - Ecclesiastes 7:2 This verse used to get on my last nerve.
Some of the men of Judah or Dan or Naphtali or Ephraim were not pleased. They wanted a different answer. They didn't want to obey. They didn't like God's decision. They disagreed with His law. Can you believe that? Of course you can.
Is there one list of doctrines that you must believe in order to be saved? Will every saved person believe the same thing? Is there one denomination that has the truth? What do you think? Is there? Have you found it?
And for every one of our Christian "traditions", there's someone pointing out everything wrong with it. There's someone calling for us to drop it and move on. There's someone thinking, Really? God will only save us, listen to us, like us if we do this?
And when I'm scrolling through, I wonder, what would it take for all of this to be fixed? What would it take to make the problems go away? Yet I know I'm asking for too much, for perfection. What does a perfect world look like to you?
"I've dedicated my life to Christ". "Complete surrender to God". "We're here to glorify God in everything". We've heard it before. We know it's supposed to be us. But it's more than just pretty words or the Christian ideal. It's about saving our lives.
But this isn't just about our hard-earned paychecks. It's about our entire lives. It's about how we cut out our evening devotions because work was tough and all we want is to curl up in front of Netflix (guilty). We can't keep making these excuses.