For part I of this series, click here, as it is a foundation for part II
“So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord.” Joshua 9:14 (NASB)
As I discussed in part I, God was teaching Joshua to depend upon Him and to listen to Him. Really, this dependence upon God is the heart of the gospel message. We, like Abraham, must have a trust in, and a dependence on God as Father, Deliverer, & Savior. We must learn to wholly lean on Him and as the Proverb says:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6
As we trust in the Lord, we necessarily MUST depend upon His word. Both the revealed word in the scriptures, as well as the specific word or leading of the Spirit. The revealed word of the Lord for Joshua was given in Chapter 1, which was basically, trust in Me, pay close attention to My word, and you will have success. Then we see this training process in the following chapters, of God giving specific instructions to Joshua. See 3:7, 4:1, 4:15, 5:2, 6:2, 8:1, & 8:18. Then there, is also the daily dependence on God for specific instructions. In this encounter with the Gibeonites, Joshua was duped into disobedience of God’s revealed word because he failed to seek His will on behalf of the nation on this specific issue. (read Joshua 9 for the details) But the short version is that Joshua made peace with a group of people that God had already told him to dispossess.
Here is the lesson for us, sometimes it’s the prayer that is not prayed that gets us into trouble. Paul taught us to ‘pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:7) …and to pray about everything. (Phil. 4:6)
I don’t think that is, to pray about which sock to put on first, left or right?, but in the important things in life.
Make sure and seek specific direction from the Lord!
Read Part III