I opened my mouth too soon and made promises that I should not have made. Have you ever done that? Then I read about King Jehoshaphat doing the same thing.
2 Chronicles 18:3 The rash vow:
Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, "Will you go with me against Ramoth-gilead?" And he said to him, "I am as you are, and my people as your people, and we will be with you in the battle."
Proverbs 20:25 The proverb Jehoshaphat should have read in his morning devotions:
It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!"
And after the vows to make inquiry.
2Chronicles 18:4 The inquiry that was too late (First did not mean first!):
Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire first for the word of the LORD."
2 Chronicles 19:1-2 The consequences of behaving rashly or promising before praying:
Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD and so bring wrath on yourself from the LORD?"
God did not say, "No harm, no foul! Well, at least you made it home safely, Jehoshaphat!" Jehoshaphat escaped harm, but God held him responsible for his thoughtless actions.
There is great value in waiting on God in His Word and before His throne in prayer. Nothing can take its place and nothing can make up for its loss.
For me to live is Christ.