July 31, 2014
“And it was so at the end of two months that she returned
to her father, and he carried out his vow with her which
he had vowed. She knew no man.”
- Judges 11:39
What is God’s Word for me today?
This is a confusing passage. Apparently, Jephthah did not understand that while vows must not be broken (Numbers 30:1, Psalm 56:12), God did provide for the redemption of thoughtless, careless vows (Leviticus 5:4-6). How exactly did Jephthah fulfill his vow? Some scholars contend that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter as a burnt offering (11:30-31). Others argue that he confined his daughter to perpetual virginity. In either case, the point is clear. Choices have consequences.
Richard Paul Evans wrote, in Promise Me, “Broken vows are like broken mirrors. They leave those who held to them bleeding and staring at fractured images of themselves.” First, you break your vows, then your vows break you. Jephthah was rash in his promises to God. The Lord would rather you make a small promise or vow, and keep it, than to promise something big, and not follow through. What can you promise him today?
How does this make me become like Him?
One of the lessons of Jephthah’s life was that our choices affect those around us. In his case, his daughter paid a price for what he did. Whose lives are you affecting today? Make promises to God to follow him daily. Then follow through, and you will become like Him.