IS BARGAINING NECESSARY?

“The Lord is set to do something for you today, all you need to do is ask him. Play your own part church and I promise you that the Lord will do his part. Most of the times, God keeps his side of the bargain but we are so unfaithful to keep ours. Go ahead church, Ask of him today.” The Pastor called out to his members during the prayer session.

“Oh Lord, I come to you today, give me … and Lord I will give it back to you.” “Oh Lord give me that Job…and I will… “. “Oh Lord give me the man for me…and I will…”. “Oh Lord give me that admission and I will…”.

Different people with different desires all asking of the Lord. Here and there, up and down. Some in tears, some on their knees, some face down to the ground. Tall, short, black, white, fat, thin, what have you.

I know of people who are in this category. I asked one one day, why aren’t you doing what you were doing before you got what you have now? This fellow said to me “I was looking for something then, now I have what I wanted”.

Oh wow!!! The mind-blowing thing is that some of us go as far as making vows. VOWS!!! Do you know what you are doing? A vow is “a solemn promise to do a specified thing.” Off course I understand that life situations can put us in a position that we no longer think before we act or even talk. We make very serious pledges and soon forget it when what we ask for has come.

“Be careful what you do when you enter the house of God. Some fools go there to offer sacrifices, even though they haven’t sinned. But it’s best just to listen when you go to worship. Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so don’t talk too much. If you keep thinking about something, you will dream about it. If you talk too much, you will say the wrong thing. God doesn’t like fools. So don’t be slow to keep your promises to God. It’s better not to make a promise at all than to make one and not keep it. Don’t let your mouth get you in trouble! And don’t say to the worship leader, “I didn’t mean what I said.” God can destroy everything you have worked for, so don’t say something that makes God angry. Respect and obey God! Daydreaming leads to a lot of senseless talk.” Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (CEV)

I am not saying it’s bad to vow, think through before you vow. I remember a vow I made of a certain amount to pay for a particular period of time while I was in my parent’s house. When I got married and changed location, when it was time to redeem the vow, I went back to the place where I made it and redeemed it. Don’t let your situation take over your reasoning.

When you go to ask before the Lord, think through before you vow. When he commanded to ask, he said “Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you.  Yes, whoever continues to ask will receive. Whoever continues to look will find. And whoever continues to knock will have the door opened for them” Matthew 7:7,8 (ERV). There was no condition for asking here. In fact I like the way The Message translation puts it. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.”

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Don’t turn God to a market seller who you bargain with before getting what you want or that business man you want to have a deal with. If at all you want to vow, don’t do it because you want God to do a particular thing for you. Do it because you want his continuous blessings in all areas of your life. You will be alarmed that that pressing need of yours, he has fulfilled.

If you have made the VOW! PAY IT IN FULL!!!

God bless you.


© Plenitude 2015

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Mrs O' [Phebe (Reju) Olaniran] is a Christian full time Wife, Momma, Architect, Designer, Idea-woman and Writer who loves God and Family intimately. Her heart desire is for everyone to discover, experience and flourish in the beautiful scenery of Life just as God designed.

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