Right after the Israelites mess up by not inquiring of the Lord regarding the treaty with the Gibeonites, we read where the Israelites stick to the oath they made because they had “sworn an oath to them by the LORD.” In the text, we are reminded three times in three sequential verses of the importance of this oath sworn by the name of the Lord (Joshua 9:18, 19, 20). Although they had messed up, they followed through with the treaty, honoring the name of God. Despite the troubles that would come their way from honoring this treaty, they chose that over dishonoring the name of the Lord.
When we look around today, it is very easy to see that most people are not concerned with honoring the name of God. There are vows made before God that get broken very easily because no one wishes to have any inconvenience or find any resolutions to problems if it involves compromise. Words are said that dishonor God. Actions are taken that dishonor God. The Israelites mentioned three times the importance of keeping an oath sworn by the name of the Lord, but today some people see no need to honor God with words or actions.
We serve a holy God. We are called to be a holy people. Holy means “set apart.” The Bible says, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15). Today, consider the holiness of God and consider this call to be holy as well. We may mess up from time to time, but children of God have a great promise. One day we will be joining together to sing, “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8b). Let us honor God with our words and deeds.