When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. Numbers 30:2 NIV
Once upon a time a personal verbal commitment was as reliable as a written contract. That no longer seems to be true. Our court system is drowning in claims made by people that they were not treated fairly by another party or disputes arising from contractual agreements. Imagine what relief our courts would realize if everyone that gave their word, kept their word.
This may be one of the most valuable assets one can possess. When people know that they can depend on you to keep your word and fulfill your commitments, you become a candidate for all types of opportunities. Being on time for appointments, paying bills when they are due, completing tasks by the deadline - all of these behaviors become habits for those seeking to secure their financial future.
Few things contribute to financial failure more than unreliability. People that disregard their obligations, ignore their commitments and forget their pledges are threats to an enterprise of any kind. The easiest way to uphold this standard is to be very careful and thoughtful before making a commitment, taking a vow, accepting an assignment or signing a contract. If we are careful to consider our options, weigh our obligations and calculate our consequences before we offer our word, we will be more likely to keep our word.
Not only do we increase our personal value when we do what we say we will do, but we also honor and please God who gives us the ability to do everything that we do.
"God, make me a person who can be trusted to keep my word. Amen."