Newlyweds. Married for 2 weeks. And, we went to a presentation of a company that would provide us with photographs and film (what’s that?) for the rest of our life. That’s right. All we had to do was purchase this package and enjoy family memories via photos for many years to come. Sure enough, this young couple bought into the concept, signed the contract, and purchased the photograph package. That was not a wise contract to sign – just saying!
Have you ever made a decision without taking time to pray about it or without asking the Lord for His guidance and direction? Oh yes. Guilty. Why would I ever assume it’s a good idea to act on something without consulting the Lord first? Consider these possibilities: my pride, my stubborn spirit, my desire to be in control, my disobedience.
Joshua is the new leader of Israel and they have come into the Promised Land. Under God’s direction, the army has conquered and destroyed two cities – Jericho and Ai. The Lord has shown His mighty hand and He has called the Israelites to listen to His instructions and follow in complete obedience. The people had already experienced victory, defeat, and discipline. There were still many battles to fight and more land to conquer.
When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, they also acted craftily and set out as envoys. They put worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins that were worn-out, torn and mended. They wore worn-out and patched sandals, and worn-out clothes, and all the bread of their provision was dry and had become crumbled. They went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us.” ~Joshua 9:3-6
The donkeys were loaded with tattered, torn, and dusty sacks and wineskins. The Gibeonites’ sandals and clothes were also worn-out and ragged. They schemed together and devised a plan to deceive the Israelites and save themselves from death and destruction. Joshua and the leaders of Israel were asked to make a covenant, an agreement with these people.
So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord. Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them. ~Joshua 9:14-15
The men of Israel asked some probing questions but had no real way of knowing if they were being told the truth. Joshua and the leaders took this particular situation into their own hands and they did not take time to consult the Lord. The covenant was made without knowing who these people were or where they lived.
As I have thought about this story in Joshua 9, my heart has been convicted about the times when I just make a decision on my own and do not take time to consult the Lord. I am thankful for the practical lessons I am taught through the pages of God’s Word.
Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles and the judgments He uttered. ~1 Chronicles 16:10-12
Seek the Lord’s counsel. Cry out to Him and ask for His guidance and direction.