A Saint’s Resolution

 

Thank the Lord! July 4 was the jubilant wedding day of Brother Caleb Leung and Sister Grace Ng. I am sure everyone gave thanks and was overjoyed for the newlyweds. It was also the first occasion that this writer officiated over a marriage for a brother and a sister in my capacity as God’s servant. May this newly-constituted family respect and love one another in the days ahead, and in unity establish a family that has Christ as its head, obeys the will of the Heavenly Father, and fears and glorifies God. If a couple that believes in God can stand fast in the vow that they made before the Lord no matter what changes in circumstances and test of time they may encounter, then that is a beautiful thing. God will surely bestow His blessings upon such a family!

 

In the Bible, the more detailed record of someone making a promise or vow before God is the law of a person dedicating to become a Nazirite. In Old testament times, God chose the Levites from among the Israelites to serve Him, and the descendants of Aaron from among the Levites to attend to Him as priests. It can be seen then that service to this holy and glorious God is through His calling. Yet the Lord also arranged a way for those who longed to serve Him to be close to Him. That was the law of the Nazirite (Nazirite means ‘to belong to God’). If we examine Numbers chapter 6 carefully, we will understand that there was just one purpose for the Lord’s numerous rules for the Nazirite, and that was for anyone who comes near Him to separate from worldly concerns and live a holy life. It is the meaning of service to God. We too should have the same resolve to consecrate ourselves and return to God.

 

David made this vow in Psalm 56:11-12, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to you, O God; I will present my thank offerings to you.” In his lifetime, David encountered many hardships and dangers. But God was always with him, delivered him from all of his tribulations, and finally made him the king of Israel. David experienced much of God’s providence and blessing. His promise and resolution to the Lord is to “trust in God, praise and thank God”. He said to God, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (v. 3-4) In the Bible, we see many testimonies of David trusting in God and many of his hymns of praise for the Lord. David’s resolve towards God is worthy of our emulation.

 

A.W. Tozer, the servant whom God heavily utilized, used Psalm 56:12 to teach Christians how to live a life that pleases God. If we want spiritual power, we should resolve to keep five vows. This writer has attached some Bible passages for the reader’s reference in order for you to gain more insight into their significance.

 

  1. Deal thoroughly with sin (Romans 6:6-8).
  2. Never own anything (1 Timothy 6:6-8).
  3. Never defend yourself (Romans 12:19-21).
  4. Never pass anything on about anybody else that will hurt him (Romans 13:8).
  5. Never accept any glory (Matthew 6:13, 1 Corinthians 10:31).

 

Dear brothers and sisters. You have believed in the Lord and received His grace for many years. Have you made God a promise or resolution so as to please Him? If you had made such a promise, I hope you will resolve to pay the price to accomplish it. If you found you have not been able to keep this promise, you must ask the Lord’s forgiveness, and through that reflect on and acknowledge your weakness. You should emulate David, and continue to trust in God in order to accomplish the promise or vow made to Him, so that in the end we can return all praise and thanksgiving to God.

 

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)

 

By: Daniel To