It’s easy to make big promises; it’s another thing to actually do what you promised. I can remember being so frustrated with myself when I was a teenager, because I can remember being so moved by a message that I would go forward at the end of a service to surrender my whole heart and life to God. At the time, I was very serious, but there were more times than not that the promise I made died at the altar and never made it into my life. I hated that I made these promises and then did not have the back-bone, or courage to actually make the changes necessary.
There is a great example of this in our Old Testament. Moses was getting ready to go to the mountaintop to receive instructions on living from God Himself. Just before he went up the book this was the scene before the children of Israel. “And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, ‘All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient’” (Exodus 24:7). “We will do, and be obedient …” They said these words, I am sure, with the full intention of doing them.
However, we have read the “rest of the story.” While Moses was on this mountain receiving the laws God had for them to follow, these same people were building a golden calf (knowing full well that the first commandment was, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). Am I here to slam these people for their lack of faith and commitment? Not at all … I’m here to warn each of us about doing the exact same thing.
If these folks were guilty of this, we are even guiltier! They had such a limited library of what God had said compared to me. In front of me as I write this devotional is a copy of all sixty-six books of the Bible in my own language. I don’t need a translator … I don’t need a guide … I surely can’t complain that I did not have all the facts. All I need to live godly today is available to me right now.
I’m not even pointing a finger at you! I’m clearly pointing my finger at myself, and I would advise you to do the same. Any of us can make big promises to God about what we will do for Him. It is quite another thing to actually get out of our spiritual lazy-boy chair and actively serve God! Don’t put off finishing what you have promised God. Start where you are and do all you can today to obey all that you have told God you would do. There is much that needs to be done, and God is depending on us do it.