3 However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, 4 they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. 5 The men put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. 6 Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.” 14 The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. 15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath. 16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them. But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. Joshua 9:3-6, 14-16, 18a (NIV)
Joshua and the men of Israel did not inquire of the Lord- did not seek His face before making a treaty with the Gibeonites – men they didn’t know – and, therefore, had to honor their commitment to spare them. We learn two lessons from this: we must be careful to always seek God’s will first – and we must always honor our commitments. We must be certain never to commit lightly, however.
Leaders must honor their promises even when they have been wrong in making them. Your word is more important than money – your word really is your bond.
We’ve got to get to the point in our Christian walk in that we stop trying to make decisions on our own without seeking God. Yesterday’s Sunday School lesson focused on David wanting to build a temple for the ark of the covenant. Although his motives were honorable and Nathan, at first, thought the idea was a great one, it was not what the Lord desired. If God is to be truly the One in control of our lives, we’ve got to “inquire” of Him and allow Him to have His perfect way in our lives, even if we believe the idea or plans are for our good. We could wind up in a situation as did Joshua and have to honor commitments that are not in our best interest.
c/Candie A. Price