Simple Respect

Ecclesiastes 5:1-6

“Guard your step when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. 2  Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3  For as a dream comes with a multitude of cares, so a fool’s speech with a multitude of words. 4  When you vow a vow to God, do not defer to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay that which you vow. 5  It is better that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay. 6  Do not allow your mouth to lead you into sin.”

Respecting our Heavenly Father and worshiping Him goes hand and hand.  As you enter the house of God, we should have the attitude of being open and ready to listen to the Holy Spirit.  As we worship we cannot dictate the direction the worship will go, just let the Holy Spirit guide you and show you what you need to know.  Take in mind 1 Corinthians 6:19, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  Knowing this, we should always have a clear and open mind to let God work for and through us all as believers.  This is the first of two lessons I want to communicate with everyone from the scripture written above.

The second lesson comes from verses 4-6.  This teaches us not to make rash vows to the Lord. Solomon was warning the readers not to do this because in the Israelite culture making a vow to anyone, including the Lord was an extremely serious matter.  Vows were voluntary, but once made could not be broken.

Deuteronomy 23: 21-23

“When you shall vow a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not be slack to pay it: for the LORD your God will surely require it of you; and it would be sin in you. 22  But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you. 23  That which is gone out of your lips you shall observe and do; according as you have vowed to the LORD your God, a freewill offering, which you have promised with your mouth.”

It is extremely foolish to make a vows you cannot keep to others, or worse yet to make a vow to the Lord and not keep it entirely.  If you make a vow or promise to anyone, ensure you keep it.  This way you not only show respect for yourself and it makes your word worth something, but you show respect to the Lord as well.

Respect is a action, it is not something you can talk about.  If you do not show respect, no one will know you to be a respectable person.  Remember, it is better to remain quite that to sound like a fool before the Lord.  So please be mindful for everything that comes out of your mouth.  If we are God’s temple, respect is not only what you do to your body, but what words come out of it. If you have not been a respectful servant lately, fix yourself before God has to humble you.  Please have a blessed day!

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