How often do we make promises to God? When we pray, do we say, “if you do this, I’ll do that?” How often do we sing praise songs that speak about our renewed committment to God or how much we will trust in God? Are these words true? Or are they empty? Do we make sure we keep these promises and committments?
Solomon talks about false worship in Ecclesiastes 5. The sacrifices of fools are empty, meaningless words. Solomon tells us to let our words to God be few and then make sure we do what we say.
This makes me think of some churches who have traditions of reciting creeds or prayers together. To avoid empty words, we need to really consider these words and make sure we mean them.
There are some very big committments and promises in the Lords prayer –
‘Your kingdom come, your will be done.” What are we doing to bring God’s kingdom into our city? Into our neighborhood? Are we prioritizing our lives so God’s will is done?
“As it is in heaven”. The angels in heaven automatically do God’s will – there is no checking of calendars or getting around to it when they have time. Is that true of us?
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” – really? Have we forgiven everyone of everything thats ever been done to us? Do we really want God to forgive us in the same way we have forgiven others? Or would we really like an extra measure of grace for ourselves?
Solomon tells us not to let our mouths lead us into sin.
Empty words – the sacrifice of fools.
Please help us be sincere, dear God.