A Vow in Sacrifice to God
Date: May 29th, 2019
Read: Genesis 28:20-22
Throughout the Bible we see many examples of making sacrificial vows to God. In 1 Samuel 1: 10-11, Hannah made a sacrificial vow saying if God gave her the son she desperately wanted, she would unreservedly give him back to Him. In our text in Genesis 28, Jacob was running scared for his life, had an encounter with God, and made a vow… “If God stands by me and protects me on this journey… and brings me back… to my father’s house, this God will be my God… And everything You give me I’ll return a tenth to you” (MSG).
Our giving to God should be regular and intentional (1 Corinthians 16:2). There are however times in our lives that calls for greater sacrifice and greater giving. Where we need to give a sacrifice that is a sacrifice (2 Samuel 24:24 MSG). Our sacrifice can be out of need (a desperate situation, thanksgiving, or repentance). David offered a sacrificial burnt offering and insisted it cost him something. Hannah pleaded to God to give her a son; but she vowed to give back the son she desperately wanted, fully in service to God. Jacob experienced God and vowed a sacrifice of full service and a tenth of all his earnings (long before the law was ever given).
Our vows in sacrifice must never be to manipulate God. God is not mocked (Galatians 6:7). Our vows must be made in humility and faith. We don’t dare God in our vows, but we acknowledge that He is all powerful, and God Almighty. Our vows acknowledge that He can do all things, all things come from Him, and we are willing to unreservedly give back to Him that which we hold dearest. Paying our vows shows God we believe He will honour the prayers and sacrifices of those who humbly come to Him in faith.
What vow in sacrifice are you willing to make to God? As a symbol of all you own, how can you show God, like Jacob, Hannah, and David, you are unreservedly willing to give it back to Him?