Joshua 9:14 Not Asking For God’s Advice

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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.

2 Samuel 7:22 Still Praising God

“How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our ears.” 2 Samuel 7:22

After David had become king, he decided to build a temple for God. Although God thought it was a great idea for David to build the temple, He told David that he was not the one to build it, but his son would build it. David then begins to praise God and talk about how great He is.

When a person has a great idea or plan for something, most people do not like to have that plan rejected by others. This is especially true when the plan is for something great and for the benefit of others. And it can hurt even more when it is something for God and it is God who rejects the plan.

The idea of building a temple was something that was great for David to plan. He was putting God first in his life and in his country. God does not give David a reason for not building the temple, He just states he is not the one to build it, but his son.

David could have been like most people and become angry with God for rejecting his great plans for God, but he did not. Instead, David praised God, saying how great and unique He is. He chose to praise God, despite the rejection of his plans.

As you go through life, there may come a day when you want to do something specific for God. For unknown reasons, God may reject those plans. He may or may not tell you if someone else will do them. The challenge will then become how will you deal with God’s answer to you?

Will you accept God’s great wisdom and choice and give Him praise?

Or will you reject His wisdom and get angry with you?

God is a great God who knows what is best for your life. You must be willing to trust Him in every area of your life. Then you must give Him praise for every answer He gives you. His answer is the best answer possible.

I pray today that you will know the plans God has for you; that you will trust God’s wisdom and direction for your life; that you will praise God for every answer He gives you; and that you will know that God is a great God.

1 Samuel 23:1-2 Seeking God’s Guidance

When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 1 Samuel 23:1-2

David had been on the run from King Saul, who was out to kill him. He had a group of men who went with him to help him fight any battles he was in. At some point he was told that the Philistines had fought against Keilah. David then asked God if he should go and fight the Philistines and God told him he was to do that.

David had been a warrior for many years already, winning many battles. People were talking about how he had killed tens of thousands in battles. He was a great war hero. Yet, before ever stepping into a battle, he asked God if he should go to battle. He kept seeking God’s guidance in what to do.

There are people who are very successful at doing certain things. They just go out and do something and always seem to succeed in their own abilities. Very seldom to never do they ever ask God what they should do or not do.

You, yourself, probably have certain things that you are very good at doing, just like David was very good at being a warrior and killing the enemy. Doing that one thing may have become so common and easy for you that you no longer seek God’s guidance in what to do or not to do. You just go out and do it.

As a believer, however, you must rely on God’s direction and guidance. With David, there were times when God told him not to fight, while at other times he was to fight. You also must seek God in what you do each and every time.

Although you may be very capable of doing something, there may be times when God does not want you to do it. Allow God to direct your actions each and every day. Do not just automatically take things into your own hands. Trust God to guide you in what is best for your life each day.

I pray today that God will reveal to you what He wants you to do; that you will seek the guidance of God daily; that you will only do what God wants you to do; and that God will use you in mighty ways.

Exodus 40:36-37 Following God’s Lead

“In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not life, they did not set out–until the day it lifted.” Exodus 40:36-37

Once the Israelites had the tabernacle built and all the furnishings put in it, God’s presence came upon it in the form of a cloud. God would begin to lead them by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire during the night. They would break camp and start moving only when the cloud would lift from the tabernacle. That was God’s sign for them to start moving on again in their travels. If the cloud did not move, they would not move.

Everywhere you go, you will find people who claim to follow God. They will go to church every Sunday and do not doing any acts that are extreme sins on purpose. They appear to be really good Christian people. Yet, they are not always going where God is trying to lead them.

Few believers actually seek God for direction in their day-to-day life. God’s direction is sought only when things get rough and there is trouble in the path. Most people think that they understand the path God has them on.

As a human your vision is very short. It is only what is immediately in front of you. You cannot see around the corner. Only God can see what is ahead. Often people get a vision from God and then run ahead of Him to get it fulfilled.

The Israelites were given a vision of going into the land of Canaan, yet they were not to do so for many years. They had to wait upon God’s move for them to move forward.

Every moment of everyday you should be seeking God’s direction. You need to be walking by His side, not Him trying to keep up with you. Only when God moves, should you move.

When do you decide to move?

Is it on your own experience?

Or is it when God begins to move?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that you will not move unless God is moving; that you will follow in the footsteps of God each day; that God will guide your every step by His Holy Spirit; and that you will remain on the path God has for you.