26th, December 2016
Deuteronomy 23:21 (AMP)
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 of vows to God was very common. It was a voluntary action or offering and as such the people decided what the terms of their vow was and when they were to pay it. However, once a vow was made, it had to be paid as promised. As clearly seen from our passage of focus, paying the vow wasn’t enough, the vow had to be paid exactly when it is meant to be paid. They were forbidden from procrastinating. Though choosing not to make a vow was not a crime, delaying to pay a vow as promised was and the defaulting individual was going to be held accountable for that. This goes a long way to show the Father’s response to or attitude towards procrastination. He was practically saying to them, “I would rather have it that you don’t make a vow than engage in procrastination”.
For avoidance of doubt and for clarity, Procrastination is avoiding to do a task that needs to be accomplished. 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 at the end, its results would be hard to bear. It has led to many avoidable sleepless nights. Some can trace their insomnia to their habit of procrastination. Others have broken down under avoidable stress because of procrastination. They had let the work load pile up until it was due and as though they had forgotten there is only so much that can be done at a time, they tried to do months/days’ worth of load in a few hours. Procrastination is an enemy of excellence and meticulousness as it makes its victim try to accomplish in so little a time what ought to have been done over a period.
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 perfectly 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 a case of being afraid some evil/calamity may befall us tomorrow; for we know that we are as the apple/pupil of the Father’s eye and we are hidden under the shadow of His wings. Rather it is case of not knowing what would need our services tomorrow or 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 be done. Always remind yourself that any discomfort you avoid now via procrastination would still be waiting for you in the nearest future plus the allocated discomfort of (the tasks of) that season.
I acknowledge that procrastination is the choice of the foolish and lazy. I refuse to give room to procrastination in my assignment/job. I choose to do things as when due. I choose to be meticulous and excellent. Hallelujah!
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.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68