Thursday, December 13, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 17

Day 17 - Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Inquire of the Lord

The men of Israel 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. (Joshua 9:14-15)

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 Israel looked 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-dry 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.

Today's Challenge:
To remember to inquire of the Lord in any decision I face, and not to lean solely on my own understanding.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, please keep me from arrogantly forging ahead on my own without inquiring of you today. Help me to remember that in every decision, every situation, I need your help and wisdom. I don't want to make the mistake of trying to run in my own strength.

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