Joshua 9:14 (ESV)
So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the Lord.
It’s really easy sometimes to get wrapped up in all the things going on around us. With all the things in our life screaming for our time and attention, it’s pretty easy to leave God out of our lives. Most of the time, we don’t intend on leaving God out, it just happens with all we have going on. We simply forget to include God in our decision making.
When making decisions, it’s easy to go for it without God’s help, and then wonder why sometimes things don’t turn out as good as we’d expected. The leaders of Israel did the same thing in the book of Joshua. They had people from a nation close to them trick them into making a treaty with them. The people from the nation that was close to them lied, and told the leaders of Israel that they were from a long way away. The leaders of Israel believed their lie, and without asking God for His help or advice, they made a treaty with the people that were their enemies.
It’s easy to rely on what seems right, like the people of Israel did in Joshua. They looked at the evidence presented to them and took it at face value without letting God have a say. However, you can avoid bad decisions and much heartache by simply letting God have a say in your life. Let Him influence your decisions. As you do, you’ll find that you’ll make better decisions and live life with fewer regrets.
Dear Lord, help us to not forget to come to You when we have decisions that need to be made. We pray for Your wisdom as me make those decisions. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.