Foolish Vow – CAC Living Water Devotional


Monday, June 21, 2021.


Read 1 Samuel 14:24-31
24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had placed the people under oath, saying, “Cursed is the man who eats any food until evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.” So none of the people tasted food.
25 Now all the people of the land came to a forest; and there was honey on the ground.
26 And when the people had come into the woods, there was the honey, dripping; but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath.
27 But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath; therefore he stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his countenance brightened.
28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed is the man who eats food this day.’ ” And the people were faint.
29 But Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. Look now, how my countenance has brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.
30 How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now would there not have been a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?”
31 Now they had driven back the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. So the people were very faint.

Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

Vow is a solemn promise or assertion by which a person is bound to an act, service or condition. Many at times, we make a vow due to the prevailing circumstances without thinking through the implication or consequences. Due to the importance of the battle at hand, King Saul made a vow of not eating, until the battle was over. The vow looked good but brought great pains to the people. Fighting battle while exhausted (without food) could be dangerous. The vow made the people sin against God as some ate the meal with blood and Jonathan innocently broke the vow.
Vows are not all bad, great people like, Hannah made wise vow. When next you are to make a vow, ensure it is a wise one. The very one that will not put you and your family in danger. Foolish vow not only hunts and hurts but brings no good, rather a disastrous effect. It can lead to disaffection and division; it may also lead to death. Never rush in vow making.
It is said of a woman who waited on God for the fruits of the womb. In her years of waiting, she made a vow that if God could answer her prayer and give her a child, he/she will be lent to God. Should the child be a female, she would be married to a servant of God and if he is a male, he would be a minister unto the Lord.
God answered her prayers with a set of twins – a male and a female. But this woman broke her vow by preventing the male child to be a minister to the Lord as vowed and denied another minister who wanted to marry her daughter. Her excuse was that the ministers of the gospel are not well pald. Though, the twins became what their mother wanted them to be but lost their lives untimely.


  1. Lord, help me never to make vows that will hurt and hunt me later in life.
  2. Give me the grace O Lord, to fulfill all my vows as and when due.
  3. Help our political leaders to fulfill the promises they do make to the masses during electioneering campaigns.

1 Chr. 19:16 – 23:2; John 21:9 – 21:25; Acts 1:1 – 1:5

Remain blessed!

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