Deuteronomy 23: 21
When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for He will most certainly require it of you, and a delay would cause you to sin.
Under the law of Moses, making vows to God was very common. It was a voluntary action. The people decided the terms. However, once made, it must be fulfilled. Also, paying the vow was not enough; it must be paid promptly. Procrastinating was forbidden.
Though choosing not to make a vow was not a crime, delaying to pay it as promised was, and the defaulting individual was going to be held accountable. This shows us the Father’s attitude towards procrastination. He was practically saying to them, “I would rather you do not make a vow than engage in procrastination”.
Procrastination is avoiding to do a pending task. It is choosing to do more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off for later impending tasks. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until just before a deadline.
Procrastination may look harmless and seem like fun at the beginning, but its results would be hard to bear. It has led to many avoidable sleepless nights. Some individuals can trace their insomnia to their habit of procrastination. Others have broken down under avoidable stress because of procrastination. They had let the workload pile up until it was due and as though they had forgotten there is only so much they can do at a time, they tried to do months (or days) worth of load in a few hours.
Procrastination is an enemy of excellence and meticulousness. It forces its victim to accomplish in a short time what requires more time.
Jesus said, “sufficient for each day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6: 34 AMP)”. Thus, putting off (for tomorrow) today’s challenges is as good as stockpiling challenges. It is no different than carrying challenges or tasks into a day whose tasks you cannot predict.
The scriptures admonish us not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring (Proverbs 27: 1 AMP). It is not about being afraid some evil/calamity may befall us the next day but rather not knowing what would need our services tomorrow, what extra job awaits and what their demands are.
Refuse to give room to procrastination. Have a well-defined plan on how you are to execute each task. Choose to do things when they ought to. Always remind yourself that any discomfort you avoid now via procrastination would still be waiting for you plus others in the nearest future.
Exodus 22: 29 At harvest time you should give me the first grain and the first juice from your fruit. Don’t wait until later in the year. (ERV)
Matthew 8: 21 & 22 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead