When we don’t really believe in God’s goodness and grace, we sometimes try to earn His favor with rash resolutions. But rash resolutions won’t do us any good. They stem from a misunderstanding of God, will only increase our guilt before Him, and very well may harm the people closest to us.
Main Text: Judges 11:29-35
Instead of enjoying the rest and freedom of God’s grace, we often spend our time working hard to stop doing bad things and start doing good things. We hope our efforts will compensate for what we see as a lack of sufficiency in God’s grace and provision.
Unfortunately, Jephthah was unable to see the ways that God had loved him and provided for him. Feeling that he must compensate for God’s love and provision somehow, he makes a tragic vow that costs him more than he ever thought.
Inevitably, when we perceive that God’s grace and provision will not add up for us we will make resolves to try and make up the difference ourselves - and as we do, it often costs us more than we ever realized.