So the men took some of their (Hivites of Gibeon) provisions, but did not ask counsel from the LORD. —Joshua 9:14

And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you. —Joshua 10:8

And Joshua captured all these kings and their land at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. —Joshua 11:42

And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them… —Joshua 11:6

            Do we seek our Lord with decisions we make?  Or, do we go ahead and make decisions without counsel from Him?  When those from Gibeon came to Joshua as if they were from a distant country to make peace, Joshua did not look to the Lord for counsel.  Instead, he made the choice to make peace with them without our Lord’s direction and then found out they deceived him and that they were nearby residents of the land.

            This one time Joshua did not receive counsel from our Lord and he was deceived.  But this was not normal for Joshua.  He regularly listened to what the Lord said and obeyed.  When Joshua listen to the Lord he was encouraged to be fearless and that our Lord would move to accomplish what He desired to do through Joshua as he made the choice our Lord desired.

            How about you and I?  Do we seek the counsel of our Lord in decisions?  Or, do we go ahead and decide on our own?  Oh, that we would seek His will in our life that we would not be deceived into making wrong choices!  Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Precious Son Jesus.  May we listen to Him!

            So, brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, what decisions do you need to make today?  Are you seeking our Lord in making those choices?  May you do so!

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. —Psalm 32:8

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. —Psalm 119:10

“This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” —Mark 9:7

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