Vows to the Lord

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Leviticus 26:13-46, Leviticus 27:1-34, Psalm 116:12-14, 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

“Cross my heart,
And hope to die.
Stick a needle
In my eye.” 

Clearly, we’re all a little skeptical in the promises department. If someone commits to buying our house, we want collateral in hand and their signature in ink. If a man promises to love and cherish us for life, we want a diamond ring to back it up. And if someone on the playground vows to be our best friend for life, we want to know that they know there will be painful consequences if they break that promise. We earned our skepticism through experience. Most of us are more familiar with promises of the broken variety than the ones that are actually kept. The God of the universe can surely empathize. 

He is, by nature, a covenant-seeking God. He placed a bow in the sky as a sign of His commitment to Noah that He would never again drown His creation (Genesis 9). He promised Abram descendants as many as the stars (Genesis 15:5) along with a vast new land to inhabit (vv.17–21). He promised David that He would establish his kingdom forever (2Samuel 7:13). 

Each time, God set an expectation that the recipients of His divine promises would worship Him alone and keep His law. Each time mankind failed. It seems one of the ways sin has marred us is by making us prone to break our word. How many times have you promised that you’d turn from a certain sin, only to find yourself willingly partaking again? How many times have you vowed to embrace the disciplines of Bible study and prayer more consistently, only to choose the snooze button the next day? How often have you defaulted to fear when you know you  serve a God who parts the waters?

My goal is not to shame you. Sister, I have no stones to throw. But when we consider how often we fail to do what we’ve promised, it makes His fidelity to us that much more remarkable. 

The end of Leviticus can feel jarring. God made it clear that the Israelites’ failure to keep their promise to love and obey would bring consequences worse than a needle to the eye. What’s a promise-breaking sinner to do? Keep reading. 

“Then I will remember my covenant” (v. 42). 

Our unfaithfulness does not get the final word. Through Jesus Christ, God made a new covenant with humankind, promising to forgive our sin and restore our fellowship with Him (Luke 22:20). Though we are weak and willful, He is strong and fiercely committed to our redemption. 

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  1. Penny W says:

    “Yet in spite of this, while they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject or abhor them so as to destroy them and break my covenant with them, since I am the Lord their God. For their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God; I am the Lord.””
    ‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭26:44-45‬ ‭CSB‬‬
    God so often says He does things for the sake of His name, for His glory; but here He says, “For their sake…” What a magnificent God we serve, Who deals so graciously and lovingly with His people!

  2. Alayna P. says:

    God is good and He loves us ❤️

  3. Susan Lincks says:


  4. Mariah Yates says:

    I love this one so much!! ❤️

  5. Lehua K. says:

    I really enjoyed this study more than I had anticipated. Thank you ladies for your constant and deep reflections on the readings. Your passion and discipline to be in God’s Word each days has inspired me and held me accountable. This community is a treasure. Looking forward to studying Hebrews.

    Susan – praying for you and your family

    Praying for the other requests as well, for healing, harmony, restoration, peace from anxiety…

    I saw my doctor virtually yesterday and he said I have a sinus infection. I’m feeling a little better each day and am hoping to be back to work next week. Thank you to those who prayed for me, for continued healing and that I will use this time to draw even closer to God. I’m learning to trust in Him more during this time of slowing down and resting, and not worrying about the things that may be piling up from my inactivity. Praise God that all things work out for His glory and our good. Lord, please teach me to trust in You even though I can’t see the whole picture in this moment.

  6. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love that even after everything that Israel did, God said he would forgive them if they repented. We serve a God of justice, but also a God who forgives. I pray that I would give God out of a cheerful ❤️.

  7. Mercy says:

    Wow, what an observation, “Though we are weak and willful, He is strong and fiercely committed to our redemption.” How weak yet willful we can be, seems contrary but all true. Painfully willful. To our own disadvantages. This chapter speaks a lot of heart-wrenching consequences of disobedience. And this prompts me to pray even more for yielding hearts for all in my families, for the lost, especially my little ones, for one day they will become teenagers, young adults, tossed in the relentless winds of temptations, may the prayer that I pray now, the Lord shall remember. For He remembers the covenant He makes and may He remember a pleading from a mother’s heart when her children are still yet little. Let His will be done. Let my children have humbled hearts, circumcised by the Holy Spirit, that they may learn wisdom and hearken unto your voice, treasure your teachings like gold and silver. Despite my best efforts, and only by His grace. May you remember Lord the earnest pleading from a mother’s heart today. Don’t let this world have my children. Don’t let me watch the consequences. But have mercy on them like You have mercy on me. Let the consequences be far from them, all the days of their lives. Wield their hearts that they may take refuge and find identity in You dear Lord, in You alone. Let this fragile heart of a mother find rest in the assurance of Your Promise. Glory be to You Father now and forever. Amen.

  8. Erica Chiarelli says:

    SO GOOD!!! We serve such an awesome, faithful God, so worthy of all our praise & adoration!!

  9. Lexi B says:

    Our unfaithfulness does not get the final word. Through Jesus Christ, God made a new covenant with humankind, promising to forgive our sin and restore our fellowship with Him (Luke 22:20). Though we are weak and willful, He is strong and fiercely committed to our redemption.

    SRT and She’s: Thank you for making Levitcus not a book to skim over and dread (this is how I felt before) but a book to love and see how much God wants to be near to us. Set apart. Such a beautiful thing <3

  10. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    Always loving, always gracious, always redeeming – that’s my God!

  11. Traci Gendron says:

    “Then I will remember my covenant” (v. 42).

    Our unfaithfulness does not get the final word. Through Jesus Christ, God made a new covenant with humankind, promising to forgive our sin and restore our fellowship with Him (Luke 22:20). Though we are weak and willful, He is strong and fiercely committed to our redemption.

    I’m so very thankful for the forgiveness we receive. How unforgiving am I towards those that have hurt me?

  12. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    God remembers. He waits. He waits for us to remember and return to Him. “In returning and rest you shall be saved; your strength shall be in quietness and in trust…” (Isaiah 30:15). “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says…” and then He said, “…but you were not willing.” Our Father has our best in mind, He loves us beyond comprehension. In spite of our broken vows and promises, His covenant vow to us remains. The right hand of God extended to us through Jesus is open, inviting us in to Him. Into His loving embrace. We do not need to wait to return to Him. But often we do have to wait for His answers. “Calm down and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). To be still in the storms of life with God brings a miraculous sense of shelter. I am safe in the cleft of His protection. Without Him, I am exposed and blown off course easily. And so I return, I repent, and I receive His love and blessing. “For their sake, I will remember the covenant… to be their God, I am the Lord” ( Leviticus 26:45). Father God, thank You for the always full cup of salvation, thank you for Your goodness pouring out for me and upon me. I can never repay You, but I can do my best to live my life for You. As I lay down my pride, I receive humility. As I trust in You I receive Your peace. Let Your peace fill me so that it overflows around me. Use my life to bless others and inspire them to turn to You. For salvation. For hope. For contentment and strength. Your grace overflows and overflows. May we receive and receive and receive. Open hands, open hearts, for You alone. Selah. Maranatha. Amen.

  13. Dorothy says:

    “Through Jesus Christ, God made a new covenant with humankind, promising to forgive our sin and restore our fellowship with Him (Luke 22:20). Though we are weak and willful, He is strong and fiercely committed to our redemption.” These last two sentences of Erin’s really say it all. All we need is to believe and have the faith of a mustard seed and God will do the rest.

    Busy weekend ahead for me, packing, packing and more packing. One week and one day ’til the move. Please continue to pray for my sister, some days she is more confused than others.

    Sisters be blessed and know your faith will get you through any and everything.

  14. Rhonda J. says:

    Happy Fri-Yay Sister She’s!
    I read Leviticus 26:13-46 aloud, and it really hit me how – this is it, my rules (God speaking)- you are to follow OR this will happen. And it will not be good for you! Seems so simple, but as Erin Davis says, we know promises get broken, we are prone to wander. But God- Even when! He is faithful and true to his covenants, in the end, after all, we do and turn our back again and again, He still forgives us and keeps his promises! That is just so crazy to fathom. A wonderful truth. Our God is So good! It reminds me of the song “Mercy” by Elevation. He gives us his Grace and Mercy, all through Jesus Christ. We are set free in Him. And not only that, He gives us the Holy Spirit to be with us, to guide and correct, and to continue sanctification throughout our lives. Oh what a JOY that is for me this morning!! We here in southwest Florida have lost so much, all of the things we hold dear, and we have so much rebuilding. But God, He once to hold us tight and let us give it all to him. I am grateful this Friday for his amazing love for us.

    Thank you for all the insightful comments throughout the hard study of Leviticus! Like many, I came to love the layout and flow of the book and find it so refreshing in a world of crazy we live in currently.

  15. Courtnee says:

    Thank you Lord that you created me to be in relationship with you. And no matter how often I fail your covenant remains.

  16. Donna Wolcott says:

    Erin thank you for your ending message. But God, sent us a savior I am humbled.

  17. Churchmouse says:

    God keeps His promises even when we are rebellious because He is not us. He does not lie because His character does not permit it. He always keeps His Word. That is good news for us. Our promises are breakable. His never are. Our only response can be repentance and gratitude.

  18. Sue Dalos says:

    BUT GOD…..
    Always loving us no matter what. I have learned so much from this study, about God, about myself, about all of us as Sisters. Thank you to the writers for SRT, and to each of you who comment. I am blessed beyond measure.

  19. Cee Gee says:

    From He Reads Truth: “Everything set apart is especially holy to the LORD” (Leviticus 27:28).

    So Leviticus ends with a final call to be entirely set apart for God in our hearts, which will extend to our lives, including everything we own. And it is wrapped in a promise of blessing. Yes, God’s people give all for Him and to Him. And He will give Himself to and for us. Thankful for and to our ONE TRUE GOD!

  20. Allison Bentley says:

    26 You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own. – Leviticus 20:26 you have been set apart- start acting like it!! God has chosen you- start moving forward with boldness proclaiming His name!!!! Amen !!

  21. Sue Dalos says:

    BUT GOD…..

  22. Angie Mills says:

    The study book asked this question today:
    “How does today’s reading challenge you to honor your devotion to God?”

    1. It challenges me to remember. God has freed me from slavery to sin.

    2. It challenges me to obey Him. God has freed me from slavery to sin. Therefore, when I continue to act as a slave to sin through continued disobedience, I am dishonoring God and His goodness toward me. As a result, God has the right to punish me. God’s punishments are a severe mercy because they are intended for us to humble ourselves, confess our sins, and repent so that we are able to return to a close relationship with Him again.

    3. It challenges me to faithfulness. When I devote or consecrate myself or someone or something else to the Lord, I must honor that vow and follow through on keeping it to the best of my ability. God is worthy of all worship, honor, and praise. He is Creator, Owner, Sovereign, and Sustainer of everything. Everyone and everything already belongs to Him. I am just giving back to Him what He has already given to me.

    4. It challenges me to trust Him. As I said earlier, God already owns everything. Everything and everyone belongs to Him. What I give Him is really a returning to Him of what He has given me. When I fulfill my vows or consecrations, I am proving that I trust Him to provide my needs or desires. I am also declaring that even if he does not do so, He is worth more to me than what I believe I need or desire. Keeping my vows to God helps me to declare that He is all that I need and that He is my One & Only desire.

  23. Aimee D-R says:

    Oh Lord our God, thank You that you love us enough to send Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ to save. Amen

  24. Kenya Rafferty says:

    After listing all the things that can shame us, God gives us another chance. BUT – with humility and confession and amends, I am STILL your God. Even in His wrath, He didn’t change who He was. He is still a God desiring His people, and like a good parent, be disciplines and guides us when we are off track. Now, with Jesus, the grace is even greater. Our confessions and forgiveness can come in the form of a prayer in our bathroom, not through the slaughtering of an animal. Gods grace has always been there. What will we do with it?

  25. Katie Megee says:

    I forget His covenant love…I am disobedient and unfaithful…He is steady and unchanging…His love is steadfast…and He is waiting with open arms every time I realize and turn back. Every.Single.Time What great love ❤️

  26. Sharon Smith says:

    God is good… all the time

  27. Kelly (NEO) says:

    “when we consider how often we fail to do what we’ve promised, it makes His fidelity to us that much more remarkable.”

    So humbly aware of my failures BUT GOD. . .

    SUSAN – so sorry for the loss of Andy. Praying for you and his wife and children and all who knew him.