Broken Promises to God


I assume that since we are all sinners, we all actually do sin. (Thank you Captain Obvious.)

A common sin is making promises to God that we can’t keep. In the Jewish religion, this human failing is just assumed to be one that we all commit – so much so that it is addressed as the first part of the service, Kol Nedrei, on the most Holy day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur.

Kol Nedrei convenes a religious tribunal – as specified in Numbers and Deuteronomy – that releases everyone present from what we would probably think of as “popcorn prayers” in which we make promises to God that we aren’t able to keep. An example might be if we pray, “Please God, if you just let me survive this illness I promise I’ll never sin again.”

I know I sometimes make grandiose promises like that to God which – although I may intend to keep them at the time – are really not possible for me to keep.

I need to get better about not making those kinds of promises. (Can you tell that I’m currently reading the Book of Daniel with my Bible study buddy?)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

2 Timothy 3:16

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