Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Major Mistake...

I'm reading through Joshua right now and was struck by these words found in 9:14;

"The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord."

You may recall the setting; Israel has just defeated Ai and as such, great fear of them has spread throughout the land.  This prompts two reactions; 1) a bunch of kings band together to make war on Israel, and 2) the Gibeonites "resort to a ruse" to trick Israel into making a peace treaty with them.  Remember, God has strictly commanded Joshua to destroy EVERYTHING in the land, knowing that anything that remains will become a snare for Israel and will lead them astray.

Remember too - Joshua is one of the "good ones."  He's a man of God, a man of character, he's one of the 2 spies who gave the good report, and up until now he's not done anything to change our view of him.  Unlike so many of the kings and judges who were to follow, Joshua never really had a deep falling away from God.  Why is this important?  Well, if you're like me, you often read about the fall of great men of the Bible and stupidly think, "I wouldn't have done that."  Not so with Joshua.

Which brings us to the big mistake - not inquiring of the Lord.  The ruse works, the Israelites, thinking that the Gibeonites are from a far away land, make a treaty and covenant with them...and God's words prove true in that Gibeon ultimately becomes a huge snare to Israel.

Now before you get too judgmental, stop and ask yourself this question; "how many times in my life have I made important decisions without inquiring of the Lord?"  The application of this passage to our lives doesn't need a whole lot of explaining.  Quite simply, when we inquire of the Lord, He promises to make our ways straight.  Not necessarily easy, but straight.  However when we fail to inquire of Him, things can get crooked very easily.  May the Gibeonite ruse serve as a warning to us...

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
       and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge [know, inquire of] him,
       and he will make your paths straight."
- Proverbs 3:5-6

1 comment:

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