Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Inquire of the Lord
This passage reveals a fatal mistake made by the children of Israel. Joshua and his people were doing very well, and all the neighboring countries were frightened of them because of their victories and the power they had from the Lord.
One of their neighbors, the Gibeonites, decided to trick Joshua into a peace treaty. So they made themselves look tired and dirty, like they had traveled a long way, and came to Joshua asking for a treaty. Here was a business transaction facing the Israelites. The men of
at the outward evidence, decided it looked like a good deal to them, and signed
the bottom line.
They found out later that they had been deceived. The facts were not as they appeared to be, and they had made a strategic mistake. Why? Because they trusted in their eyes and their minds, and did not inquire of the Lord.
There are times we don't think we need to consult the Lord; it's just a cut and dried situation, in our view. So we make decisions in our own strength, based on our human reasoning, and that gets us in trouble.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Leaning on our own understanding is the norm especially in the business world. But, as Christians, we should take all our decisions to the Lord and ask for his wisdom. Sometimes our own understanding is very shortsighted and incomplete. We need the eternal wisdom of our Savior; we need to inquire of the Lord.
The men of
sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord. Then Joshua made a
treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly
ratified it by oath. Israel