Joshua 9:14 NKJV “Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.”
Based on God’s promise to the Israelites, they went on conquering territories. The Gibeonites, realizing that they didn’t stand a chance came up with a plan to save their lives and their inheritance. They pretended that they were from a very far country and succeeded in tricking Joshua and the elders of Israel into swearing an oath not to ever kill them. The only reason they succeeded was because the Israelites didn’t seek to know God’s will.
Sometimes some proposals are so appealing, straightforward, harmless, logical and okay, and we think we can handle them: and instead of praying to seek God’s opinion or will, we get ourselves involved and committed solely based on the facts we saw, and on our own judgments.
Ask the smartest man you know, and he will tell you that he has once been cheated. That’s because we are generally limited as human beings. We could spend days and months, and even years on analysis, but even that doesn’t suffice, especially when third parties are involved. People can be so convincing, and if you are emotional, you’ll fall right into their traps with your eyes wide open!
I’m not going to tell you to be careful; instead I counsel you to be prayerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Remember that even Con men get conned. So don’t be wise in your own eyes, trust in God and be safe.
To do: Pray about the decisions you have to make and be patient enough to receive God’s answers.
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