Don't Forget to Pray
"The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord."1
After the days of Moses when the armies of Israel, led by Joshua, were conquering the Promised Land marked out for them by God, the surrounding kings and nations were understandably terrified. This was because God was with the Israelites giving them great victories wherever they went.
However, the men of Gibeon, a nearby country, resorted to trickery and outsmarted Joshua. They sent a delegation to Joshua with the appearance of having come from a distant land so they could deceive Joshua into making a treaty with them. Their donkeys carried worn-out sacks and old wineskins that were cracked and had been mended. They wore old clothes, and worn and patched sandals, and the bread they carried with them was dry and moldy.
Their ruse worked. Joshua signed a treaty with them and only afterwards discovered they were a neighboring people among those countries God had told Joshua to destroy because of their wickedness. They had to live with the consequences as a result.
Joshua's mistake was that he made this treaty without praying and inquiring of the Lord! An extremely valuable lesson for all of us to learn!
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for including this story in Your Word, the Bible, as a graphic reminder for me to seek Your guidance and direction for every aspect of my life, so that I will continuously live in harmony with Your perfect will. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Joshua 9:14 (NIV).