"Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the Lord your God sends you to us. Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.” - Jeremiah 42:5–6
Promises promises... How many times have I heard promises made at the altar, only to be followed, a few short years later, with the broken promises of divorce? Or consider those promises made by your general contractor to repair your house on time, but not even close. For many people today, promises are only made to be broken. Is there anyone left who is true to their word?
The state of broken promises is as old as time itself. The Israeli leadership pleaded with Jeremiah to seek the Lord's mercy and direction. With this request came the unqualified promise to obey whatever God commanded. But, when the answer came, they broke their promise, with no intention to be true to their word.
Prayer, with commitment to accept the Lord's answer, is not to be taken lightly. Promises to God are not to be broken. Solomon put it this way in Ecclesiastes 5:5... "It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay." Men and women of integrity are always true to their word.