Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
“Keep Your Promises”
Text: 2 Samuel 21:2
“So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. Now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; the children of Israel had sworn protection to them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah.”
“Keep Your Promises,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning. God Keeps His Promises - All The Time; and He expects His Warriors to keep their promises also. Sometimes calamities like drought and famine happen because of a broken promise. God gets our attention this way. David learned to “look for God’s hand in every event;” and this is why “...he inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered,” in verse 1.
Joshua and the elders of Israel promised to protect Gibeon 400 years earlier in Joshua 9:15:
“So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.”
This was not a personal promise but a National Promise binding nations and their descendants together to protect each other.
Saul, in his zeal massacred the Gibeonites and broke Israel’s promise to protect Gibeon; and now Saul’s descendants will have to pay the price for this broken promise.
Listen up Warrior! Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep. God Expects us to Keep Our Promises. Our Commander Jesus has given us the Helper Holy Spirit to remind us of promises we have made; and He will also empower us to Keep Our Promises when we ask.
Israel was deceived by the Gibeonites, because they didn’t ask council from the Lord first. They swore to the Gibeonites they would protect them. It’s foolish to make promises without first consulting God, because we can be easily deceived by others. However, once the promise is made it must be kept.
Our God is the Promise Keeper and He honors promise keepers.
Keeping Our Promises is a test of our Character.
“Or if a person swears, speaking thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, whatever it is that a man may pronounce by an oath, and he is unaware of it—when he realizes it, then he shall be guilty in any of these matters.” (Lev.5:4)
The Character of those who dwell with the Lord includes: “.... He who swears to his own hurt and does not change.” (Psa.15:4).
“Holy Spirit, remind us to ask your counsel before we make promises; so we will not be deceived by our emotions, and make foolish promises. After we have Your approval of Peace, empower us to Keep Our Promises that we make. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen!”
Lastly, Let the Peace of God rule, be the umpire and decision maker, for every promise:
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”(Col.3:15).
Warrior at your side,