33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
In the chaos of life, it can be hard to find focus. Our lives place demands on our self and our time. This passage reminds me that I need to keep it simple, not just in my day to day but in my relationship with God. While God understands what we face, this is a reminder that we don’t need to make things more complicated than they need to be.
My relationship with God is meant to be one of simplicity and integrity, perhaps a counterpoint to the chaos of daily life. It is easy to be distracted by the side issues, in this passage for example the number of things you could swear an oath on. God just asks us to keep it simple, yes or no. He asks us to negotiate life with integrity, we need to keep our word to God and to those around us.
This passage encourages me to concern myself with those things I have control over and leave the rest to God. The pace of my relationship with God needs to be reflected in my response to the rest of my life. It’s good to know the creator and controller of the universe is on our side.
Help me Lord to reflect your grace and glory in my life. Help me Lord to keep my thoughts focussed and clear. Help me to walk in integrity. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Written by Christine Knight