There’s a popular adage that says, people with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them. Perhaps the Reubenites demonstrate this adage effectively. When they asked for their land beyondJordan, they promised to accompany their brethren to their occupation before they return. Tavian Jean-Pierre in an article published in Data Driven Investor, observes that, ” Whether we like it or not, people hold us accountable for the decisions we make, and we ought to do the same. Great leaders understand that keeping promises to themselves is vital for their self-confidence. Yet, it is also essential to deliver on the promises you make to others.” The writer was not making a Bible Commentary. He was making acceptable work place comments. We touched on keeping promises in November,22,2022. Where we mentioned that it takes integrity to keep our vows to God. We followed that up on April 11, 2023, when we said that great leaders keep their word, and they don’t need to do pinky fingers for people to believe them. The Reubenites, Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh kept their word. Now it was time to return home. This is God in Psa.89:34, ” I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth out of my mouth ”. Do you stand by your words? Do you keep promises? That the acid test for integrity.
Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you: Joshua 22:1-2 KJV