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Ask God First
Read Joshua 9:1 through 12:24
Published: Feb 25, 2017
Has deception ever led you to do something you later regretted? Sometimes, a situation appears simple and innocent when it really isn’t. Only in the aftermath is the error realized. Of course, who could be faulted in such a situation? Don’t be fooled. Using self-deception to soothe a guilty conscience will not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Confessing sin and seeking God after a poor choice will not necessarily eliminate the ramifications of a bad decision, but the experience might teach that seeking God first is always prudent.
The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord (Joshua 9:14).
Israel’s failure to seek God first cost the nation for decades. The believer need not experience such a disaster in life. Through regular communion with God and an understanding of His Word, the believer has opportunities to receive direction and, if necessary, correction. Relying on the wisdom of the Almighty is the best defense in an unscrupulous world.
Challenge for Today: When faced with an important decision, seek God’s counsel.
Quicklook: Joshua 9:9–17
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