July 9, 2017
Read: Joshua 10:1-15
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Scripture- Joshua 10:6- 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.”
Observations- Given that the Gibeonites had deceived Joshua and the Israelites into a treaty and that there was nothing in it for the Israelites to come quickly to their defense (they could have just let these opposing armies beat up on one another), Joshua, without question, acts with integrity and honored the treaty and provided support.
Application- It has often been said that "integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." It is still, however, important to do the right thing, even when everyone is watching. Our example of faithfulness matters, especially when others are paying attention. How many people will never crack open the Bible, but will be looking at us to determine whether or not what we believe is in alignment with how we behave?
Prayer- Thank you, God, for being my Father, who loves me and wants the best for me. Thank You for the path that I have traveled and for all I have learned along the way. Help what I declare I believe about Jesus align with how I behave. I want integrity to be second nature. Guide Your church to do the right when no one is watching or when the whole world is watching. Amen.
"And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching." (Titus 2:7),