We live in a world of talk. Everywhere you can hear it, read it, and even watch it. With today’s technology we have access to words and opinions of people any time we want them. All we have to do is turn on a TV or computer, take out our cell phone and fire up Twitter, Facebook, or blogs and we have more words and talk to see and hear than we could ever get through in a lifetime. And Yes, there are definitely good things about all of this, but there is also a glaring negative. Sometimes we want so badly to be heard… we say foolish things and guess what… God is listening and holding us to what we say.
Israel made a promise to the people of Gibeon, and it came back to bite them. The promise they was made with good intentions, but it brought them in direct conflict with God and what He commanded them to do. Israel was angry and would have been very happy to go be God’s hand of wrath against Gibeon, but God had different plans. Where we love the idea of situational ethics, God does not. He says, “let your ‘yes’ be yes and ‘no’ be no. There is no list of exceptions. It’s simple, if you say it, follow through. In Judges 9 He reinforces to the Israelites the importance of keeping their word, reputation and following through with their promises.
Keeping their word, the Israelites honored their covenant and did not attack the people of Gibeon. But don’t think that they sat by and didn’t acknowledge what happened. They did something we could take notes from. We often never acknowledge the sin of others when its easier to ignore it and move on. Israelboldly approached Gibeon about their deception and helped them to see how they did wrong and accept the consequences for their lie. One thing is for certain, when you make hard promises you can count on Satan to provide problems to make you break them, which is exactly what he does in this story…
To be continued… Up next Problems…
For starters: I am nothing special, I love Jesus and He is my Lord. I am the husband of a godly woman. She is working with me to raise a godly child. I am a teacher. I love to read and write.