The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. Joshua 9:14
Deception can happen very easily if one is not careful. The world loves to deceive people into thinking things that are not true. Every day people are deceived into thinking that someone else has something good for them, that they need it, but what they get is false and not really what was proclaimed.
Phone calls are made daily to people proclaiming to be someone important and that the person called needs to quickly make a payment or there will be major problems. Many of these phone calls are false people seeking banking information to steal some money.
As the Israelites were traveling in the new land, some people came up to them claiming to be from a country far away and wanted to make a treaty with them. God had already told the Israelites to not make a treaty with anyone. The Israelites looked into the story of these people on their own and believed them. They did not seek God’s advice on the situation and made a treaty with the people.
Shortly after, they found out the people were Gibeonites from a nearby city. It was too late and they were unable to break their treaty with the people, they had been deceived and had disobeyed God.
It is common for believers to be deceived into believing someone without checking with God. They look at some new doctrine and it looks and sounds good on the surface, but underneath is a lie and not of God. Instead of seeking God’s direction, they choose to follow this new doctrine and are deceived into sin.
God always knows the true story of a situation or people. He cannot be deceived as people can be.
There will be times when you will be faced with a choice to make that is for a new path in life. Instead of just following your own thoughts, take time to seek God about the choice to be made. God knows the best path for you to take.
With God’s Holy Spirit and guidance, He can open your eyes to the false deception of this world. The world is led by Satan, the master deceiver. He has been practicing deception for thousands of years. Do not allow yourself to be deceived into lies and sin.
Seek God first and follow His ways in this world.
I pray today that God will show you the truth in life; that you will know God’s ways; that you will seek God for every decision to be made; and that God will keep you from being deceived by this world.