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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Meanwhile, Joshua said to the two spies, ‘Keep your promise. Go to the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.’ The men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, mother, brothers, and all the other relatives who were with her. They moved her whole family to a safe place near the camp of Israel.”—Joshua 6:22–23 (NLT)
Politicians make a lot of promises, but often they don’t deliver on them. I just watched a video on the top ten US presidential promises that were never fulfilled. The crazy thing is that this video doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the unfulfilled promises made by hopeful politicians.
For the most part, humans aren’t trustworthy or reliable. Humans can’t be counted on to keep their promises. Humans often tell lies to get people to do what they want with no intention of keeping their word. It’s sad, but true.
If this makes you feel a little hopeless, I have good news for you . . . God IS trustworthy and reliable. God ALWAYS keeps His promises. God will NEVER lie to us or go back on His word. In fact, in Psalm 138:2 (HCSB, emphasis added), King David exclaims about God, “I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your constant love and truth. You have exalted Your name and Your promise above everything else.”
This is a powerful truth for us to rest in. God will never break His promise. When all else breaks down and everyone around us fails to live up to their word, we can know with confidence that “no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV).
In today’s passage, we see Joshua, God’s ambassador and messenger to the people of Israel, keep the spies accountable to fulfilling their promise to Rahab. God wouldn’t allow for this promise to be broken. In this, I see such a powerful principle for us to consider: God keeps His promises and keeps His people accountable for their promises. We would do well to remember this.
If all of God’s promises are “Yes” in Christ, and we are Christ’s ambassadors, His representatives on earth, then we are also fully expected to keep our promises and will be held accountable for any promises made when it comes to our Christian walk and witness. That’s why Jesus said, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37 NLT). He knows that we are prone to breaking our word, thus He instructs us to not make vows upon His name or any name. But if we do, know that the Spirit will convict us of this, too, so that we may be people of integrity, above reproach.
DIG: What was the promise made to Rahab? Why did they make this promise?
DISCOVER: Why is promise keeping such a big deal to God?
DO: Do you have any unfulfilled promises? Have you hurt people by failing to live up to your word? Ask the Lord and that person for forgiveness. Do you have any current promises you’ve yet to deliver on? Pray about how you can go about fulfilling it with integrity and honor.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.