Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
Some men lack a partition between their vacuous mind and their flippant tongue.
The Bible tells the story of Jephthah, who was the son of a Gileadite and a prostitute. Because of his illegitimate conception, his half-brothers despised and rejected him. They disinherited him and drove him out of their lives.
Jephthah was a man’s man. He was a mighty warrior who surrounded himself with other adventurers who were loyal to him. He was conditioned by the field of contest.
The tables had turned and his brothers needed him to come in and deliver them from a warring people called the Ammonites.
As Jephthah was preparing for battle, he spoke in haste saying, “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31)
This was a flippant vow made from the adrenaline of preparing for a battle. It was rash and stupid. If he would have stopped to consider what he was saying he certainly would have realized that anything coming out of the door of his house would be a family member. His daughter was the first one to come out of his home!
Make no mistake about it. God was not pleased with this act of foolishness. God is not a heathen god asking for child sacrifice. The one and only time that God asked for a sacrifice of a son was with Abraham concerning Isaac. Yet, Abraham declared that God would be the provider of the sacrifice. God did give the sacrifice – His only begotten son, Jesus.
But God didn’t make the promise in haste. He certainly wasn’t flippant about it. The Bible says that before the foundation of the earth the Lamb was slain. (Revelation 13:8)
We need to be careful with our words.
Never make a flippant vow while you are filled with spiritual excitement.