THEME: Keep Your Promise
PASSAGE: Joshua 6:15-25
HYMN: MHB -521 I AM trusting Thee, Lord Jesus
MEMORY VERSE: Joshua 6: 23 – And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel.
Dr. Everek R. Storms of Canada wrote that he diligently counted and found a total of 8,810 promises in the Bible. 85% of these promises, or 7,487) are promises made by God to man. While these statistics might be open to debate, one thing is clear: God keeps His promise. It is also true that God has not given His children any promise which they cannot appropriate. There is no situation in which we find ourselves for which God has not supplied promises that meet our specific needs. As God keeps His promises made to us, He wants His children to keep promises made to one another.
The two spies sent by Joshua to spy out Jericho had promised Rahab the harlot that she and her father’s household would be saved from destruction when the Israelites invaded the city. This was to serve as a reward for her role in concealing the spies when they were in danger of being arrested (Joshua 2: 1–21). In keeping the promise made by the spies, Joshua spared Rahab and her relatives when Jericho and its inhabitant were destroyed (Joshua 6: 15 – 25). History later records Rahab as an ancestress of Christ; a product of promise kept.
As parents, child, friend, employer, employee, politician, we do make promises to other people but we often fail. Politicians will promise the electorate, but they will ignore them as soon as they get to the office. Parents at times will promise their children, knowing well that they will not fulfil the promises.
While circumstances beyond our control can make us fail in keeping our promises, any habitual or willful breaking of promises should not be entertained by children of God. Parents should learn to keep promises made to children in order to teach them to be truthful to their words. Make your word your bond. Keep your promise.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for Your promises that I rely on because they never fail. Empower me to keep my promises to You and other people.

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