Consult with God before making big decisions.

Scripture:
 So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety, and the leaders of the community ratified their agreement with a binding oath.- Joshua 9:14-15

Observation:
The people of the city of Gibeon send a delegation of ambassadors, incognito, to make a treaty with Israel to prevent their certain destruction, for they’d heard that all peoples of Canaan would be annihilated at the hand of the Lord God Almighty. They feared death and tricked Israel into preserving their lives. Then, Israel conceded to the treaty without consulting God in the matter and ended up binding themselves in the name of YHWH to protect the people of Gibeon, who would later be a thorn in Israel’s side. The treaty was the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s prophecy that Israel would go prostituting herself to foreign gods and forget their LORD God Jehovah.

Application:
When we go making decision in life (great or small) without consulting God, we usually end up paying a hefty price in the end and alter the course God had originally planned for our lives. Take Abraham for example. God had promised him a son in his old age, who would be the progenitor of One who come from his line to be the Savior of the world. His wife feared that she’d be unable to bear a child in her old age and offered her man a servant girl instead by whom he’d able to sire a son. Well, that son came and was Ishmael, but the son of promise was Isaac, who came from his and his wife’s loins. Ishmael and Isaac warred against each other from the time of Isaac’s birth and still do so to this day! So you can see what happens when we try to force God’s hand or fail to consult him in matters of importance We must realize that David was oh so correct when he spoke by divine inspiration, Be still and know that I am God.  Are you trying to take matters into your hands without consulting God first? You’d better cool your heels and pray to the Father before taking one more step. You might just save yourself and others a lot of grief. I know the Holy Spirit will be spared a lot of grief if you do!

Prayer:
Father, please forgive me for ever taking matters into my hands without consulting you first. You know all and know better than I do, so how could I be so foolish and proud to think that I could do anything without your consent? Your word is clear. You won’t force yourself upon us, but we will suffer the consequences of our actions when we act rashly in disobedience or rebellion to you. Help me to remember to seek you first and your righteousness, so that you may provide all that I need. I’m truly sorry for my past rash behaviors. May your Spirit remind me to be obedient to you and to keep you first above all else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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