We read from Joshua 9 on Sunday. The passage is about how the Gibeonites deceived the Israelites in order to preserve themselves. They accomplished this through an elaborate scam to convince the Israelites that they came from a far distance. Regrettably the Israelites fell for this and made a covenant with the Gibeonites to the guarantee their preservation.
There is a key statement reflecting upon the Israelites decision. It reads: The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not enquire 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 (Josh 9:14-15). Their telling non-action, was to not enquire of the Lord. Thereby, they set themselves up for ending up in a mess.
How we need to learn this. How I need to learn this! In all my decisions I need to enquire of the Lord. Prayer must be involved. Due consideration of the Lord’s mind revealed in Scripture must be involved.
Remember the principle if we do not enquire of the Lord we will end in a mess.
(Originally posted at venabling on 31/07/2014)