If there is one thing I can relate to in this passage it is Saul’s ‘foot in mouth’ approach. Too many times I have opened my mouth and said something without thinking, let alone thinking thru the consequences. What is worse is then not being able to back down due to my own pride. Saul made the men take a vow which no doubt seemed like a good idea at the time but turned out to make things difficult for his army.
The whole ‘swear an oath’ thing may not be so day to day commonplace for us but this is still a valuable warning regarding what we say. Jonathan was able to weigh the wisdom of the oath and see it for what it was. I hope that when I speak I engage my brain first. But if I don’t, I hope that I have the wisdom and grace to swallow my pride and make things right.
Heavenly Father give me the strength to weigh my words today. I pray that what comes out of my mouth will bring honour to you. In Jesus name Amen.
Written by Christine Knight