Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 – “As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut! Don’t be a fool who doesn’t realize that mindless offerings to God are evil. 2 And don’t make rash promises to God, for he is in heaven, and you are only here on earth. So let your words be few.
3 Just as being too busy gives you nightmares, being a fool makes you a blabbermouth.
4 So when you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. 5 It is better to say nothing than to promise something that you don’t follow through on. 6 In such cases, your mouth is making you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved.
7 Dreaming all the time instead of working is foolishness. And there is ruin in a flood of empty words. Fear God instead.” NLT
Most of us have either been guilty or heard long pretentious prayers uttered in Church and other settings and afterward felt a little unclean and sometimes a little put off what had happened. If we were to find that we had an audience with the Greatest Person on Earth and the Wisest Person on Earth I dare say we would be very careful in what we said and how much we said. It would probably be both intimidation and respect that elicited that kind of response. Yet, amazingly, when we enter the presence of THE GOD OF ALL CREATION we are frequently not careful in the number of words we declare or the content of those words.
I have always found that Amazing because of the awesomeness of being in the presence of GOD! My unworthiness hits me smack in the face when I enter His presence. My limited knowledge is ever before me as I come before the Throne of God. My finiteness is fully in my mind as I come in the presence of Infiniteness. My weakness is so painfully clear when I stand in the presence of Omnipotence. He “knows” my going in and my coming out. He “knows” my thoughts afar off. He “knows” the thoughts and intent of my heart. Nothing hidden is that will not be revealed in His presence, so I wonder why we sometimes seem careless in our utterances before Him and our spontaneous promises we make to Him that we have not thought through and are not capable of carrying out?
The wisdom of this passage is so powerful that I have it written down and am working to have it inscribed on a plaque that I can keep in my office and before my eyes daily. I want to “fulfill” the purposes of God in my generation and then I’m ready to go home but not one second before that accomplishment. I want to hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of your Lord.” I want to see His face beaming with pride as I stand before Him, not see a broken heart when I look into His eyes over my wasted years and empty promises.
I have a passion and desire to see Everyone come to the knowledge of the Lord and enjoy the Liberty and Freedom that comes from being in the Family of God. I want everyone to understand the Covenantal Promises of the Lord and learn to allow the Holy Spirit to guide their footsteps in all things. I want GOD! I know that you do too and that’s why I write this devotional daily and especially today. Let’s make it our daily goal and objective to give Him the honor that is due Him and the reverence that He deserves. Let’s make our lives an expression of Worship unto the Lord!
I pray that the LORD will guard each of our hearts, footsteps, and provide us with everything that we need in this life in all areas materially, physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.
God Bless you and as we enter the Christmas Season I pray that you will have a Merry & Joyous Christmas and a Glorious New Year!