Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” (Genesis 28:20–22, NIV 1984).
My Musings – In Disney’s animated version of “Cinderella,” her wicked step-mother agrees to let Cinderella attend the ball, if she completes all her assigned chores and finds something suitable to wear. Aghast, the equally wicked step-sisters exclaim, “mother! Do you realize what you just said?” In reply, the wicked step-mother said, “Of course. I said, If.”
We humans have a tendency to use the word “if” as a…
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