Always Consult God First! -- By Lyn Chaffart

“The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.” (Josh 9:14-15)

Tonight, the dictated Bible passages on my “read your Bible through in a year Calendar”, opened and closed with a couple of very sad stories in Israel’s history.  They are found in Joshua 7 and in Joshua 9.  Let’s take a look at these two stories:  To begin with, Israel has just triumphed over Jericho.  In the height of their victory, they send 3000 men to destroy the city of Ai.  Their men are defeated—slaughtered—utterly destroyed.   

The second sad story speaks of the deception of the Israelites by the Gibeonites.  Israel has been warned not to make a treaty with any of the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, but to utterly destroy them.  When travelers with worn-out shoes and moldy bread show up asking to make a peace treaty with them, stating that they are from a “far-off” country, the Israelites make a peace treaty with them, only to find out soon after that they are actually from cities in Canaan.  The people are unable to take back their treaty because they swore an Oath with them, so they are forced to allow them to stay in Canaan. 

These two stories have just one thing in common:  In both cases, Israel did NOT call upon the name of the Lord before taking action!  All of this trouble could have been avoided, had they simply asked to know God’s will BEFORE proceeding. 

Keeping in mind that these two incidences happened so soon after the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River, and the astounding fall of Jericho, one might be tempted to “point the finger” a little at the Israelites and say, “How could you have forgotten to ask God?”  But before we do this, let’s take a look at our own lives.  Do we remember to ask God’s guidance with everything?  With every decision?  And yes, I mean even the “Everyday” “Common” ones as well!  Do we remember to never take a step forward in God’s work without asking Him first?  Even if circumstance points out that the doors of opportunity are still open?

My friends, a lot of trouble could be easily avoided if we simply made it a habit to seek God’s guidance on EVERY decision we make EVERY day!  It’s not without reason that we are told to “pray continually” (1 Thess. 5:17-18)!

Would you make a commitment with me today to try to consult God in EVERY area of our lives? 

In His love,
Lyn

Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( www.scripturalnuggets.org ), Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org