No one likes to be on the receiving end of a broken promise made by someone with whom they are close. No one likes to be on the receiving end of an empty promise made by one with whom they are close. What is the difference? A broken promise implies that the person has the intentions to fulfill the promise, but cannot for whatever reason. It may actually have been broken for a legitimate reason. However, an empty promise implies that there was never any intention to fulfill the promise from the onset.
If we, being a part of God’s creation with reasoning faculties, do not like being on the receiving end of a broken or an empty promise, then how do we think God feels about it? This is in consideration of the fact that we were created in His image and His likeness (Gen. 1:26,27). Solomon teaches us wisdom concerning this,
“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better it is that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not that mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?…” (5:2-6).
We should never defer to the thought that ‘God understands.’ God does understand: an empty promise is basically a lie. Nothing less. We are reminded in the Book of Acts of what happens when individuals make a conscious decision to lie to God (5:1-11). Therefore, in consideration of these things, let us be mindful of the things that we vow, not only to one another, but unto God as well…#thinkonthesethings