Though they did not know God in truth, the Gibeonites were a people of good will in the time of Joshua and pictured the people of good heart condition who today are in the “mountains” and “hills” that the devil has set up in various parts of the world. These people of good will are characterized by their desire for righteousness and salvation of God. The Gibeonites had heard what Joshua and his army had done to Jericho and to Ai, and they feared Joshua and the God whom he worshipped. The Gibeonites showed faith, wisdom and discretion in sending a delegation to Joshua in their quest for self-preservation. Those who have discerned the way of life must not delay but act fast so that they may attain divine favour. “The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it” - Micah 6:9.
“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things.” - Proverbs 2:10-12
On seeing how the level of destruction God had visited on the Egyptians and on such big cities as Ai and Jericho and the manner it was done, the people of Jericho were struck with panic. They knew that they could not confront the Jews by force of arms. They then sent people to meet the elders of Israel and told them that they came from a far country and that the Jews should make a peace treaty or non-aggression pact with them. They told the elders of the Jews further “Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy. And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.” - Joshua 9:11-13.
There is no doubt that the Gibeonites showed foresight and wisdom in seeking to make peace with the Jews before war was declared on them. We could also apply a measure of practical wisdom, not to defraud or cheat or injure anybody, but to avoid impending danger and secure our safety. See Matthew 10:16.