Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading –Thursday, July 4, 2019

Theme: INTEGRITY

Text: “And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.” – Joshua 2:14.

Comment: After Rahab had pleaded for the safety of her family members before the two spies sent by Joshua, a deal was struck for her to be faithful in keeping secret what they discussed in order not to endanger the lives of the spies and that of herself and her family. – Joshua 2:9-13.

One of the core ingredients of integrity is faithfulness as shown by Rahab in not dealing treacherously with the two spies.  She did not waver when the King of Jordan sent for her; rather she hid the men in her roof at the risk of her life. (Joshua 2:1-8) MindTools.com in their article, How to Preserve Your Integrity states:Having integrity means that you live in accordance to your deepest values, you’re honest with everyone, and you always keep your word.” The article continued further: “Or, you might see integrity as staying true to yourself and your word, even when you’re faced with serious consequences for the choices that you’re making”.

Rahab identified with the Israelites and the worship of the true God. James the apostle commented on her in this wise: “Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?” “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” (James 2:24,25, Compare Hebrews 11:31) We should be moral individuals, with good set of ethical values. See Psalm 15:1-5.