Devotionals: "On God", the Unnecessary Oath

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. 

I am a music lover. I have the Apple Music streaming service downloaded on my phone. Every month, for 10.99, I get to hear all of the hottest music in every genre as soon as it drops. This makes me very happy. As a matter of fact, music makes me happy.

Music helps to set my my mood and rap is one of my favorite genres. Some of my favorite artists include Lil Wayne, Drake, Travis Scott, and Tory Lanez, however, my ears have been more sensitive lately. It seems as though the older I get, the lyrics stand out compared to just the beat. One lyric that has stood out to me lately is “On God”.

Growing up, my peers and I would say “ I swear to God” or “On my life” to confirm a statement or belief. The term was said to make others believe what you were saying was true, but this statement was not necessary. Even if you said it, some people still did not believe you. Now in music, some artist say it to confirm a statement. The term is thrown around, even if the statement it is not true. The term is now used as a catchy phrase.

According to Webster's dictionary, an Oath is a solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says. In Matthew 5:34-37, God says that all you have to do is simply say "yes" or "no".

Friends and family, you do not need to make an oath to confirm a belief or statement (unless you are in court and you have been called to solemnly swear). If someone does not believe what you say and you know you are telling the truth, that is all. If someone asks you a question, all you have to do is say “yes” or “no”. You and God know the truth. 

Be Encouraged,