A lot has been said about keeping your word: President John F. Kennedy said, “I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.” Motivational Speaker Brian Tracy said, “Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.” We can see that it is important to keep your word.
That is easy to do when you agree to participate in an activity with your free will. Do you feel compelled to participate when you are tricked and manipulated? There are many who would be quick to relieve the responsibly of keeping your word when you are manipulated. Then there are those who value their word and will remain true to their commitment. Joshua was faced with a predicament when he had to decide, do I keep my word when I was manipulated? For Joshua, the answer was yes.
The Gibeonites tricked Joshua into signing a treaty and now they were under attack. The surrounding nations joined forces to destroy them, and they had no one to help, so they reached out to Joshua. Joshua 10:6 says, “The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal. “Don’t abandon your servants now!” they pleaded. “Come at once! Save us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill country have joined forces to attack us.” Joshua responded immediately! He took his best warriors and Verse 8 says, “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”
God honored Joshua because he walked in integrity. Integrity talks about the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change. Joshua did not allow the bad behavior of those around him to change his godly behavior. Even when you give your word under duress, keep your word.
Thought for Today: Friend, always, keep your word.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.