Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4 ESV
The Israelites were on a roll. They had defeated every nation they had faced–as long as they remained obedient to God. Understandably, the people of the nations in Canaan became concerned. They knew it was just a matter of time before they were defeated. The price of defeat would not only the loss of their homes but also of their lives.
It was this fear that had the Gibeonites plotting to see what they could do to spare their lives. They decided to trick the Israelites into making an alliance with them. They got the oldest clothes, the stalest bread, and the most worn-out wineskins they could find and set out to meet with the children of Israel.
The story they had concocted was that they had come a long way to make an alliance because of what they had heard about God. An alliance sounded good to the Israelites, so good they forgot one important thing.
They forgot to seek the Lord.
The Israelites were not supposed to have made any allegiances with the people who lived in the land of Canaan. The consequences of this alliance with Gibeon were quickly felt.
But let’s spend a few minutes talking about the importance of seeking God.
Most times, we don’t have any problems seeking the Lord for what we consider “big things”. Things like sickness, job loss, grief have us turning to God sometimes in anger, anguish, or need. But we don’t often seek an answer from God for what we consider the little things.
We don’t seek His will when we are making certain types of decisions. This lesson becomes painfully clear when we look at what happened between the Gibeonites and the Israelites.
It would have been a simple matter for the Israelites to seek the Lord for direction on what to do about the Gibeonites. Yet, they didn’t. Did they think the matter was too simple to bother God about?
Did they think it was something they could easily manage on their own? The Bible doesn’t say. But we can learn from their experience.
The Bible encourages us to,
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
We are not told to seek the Lord for our major decisions or when we feel we’ve exhausted every other alternative. Instead, we’re told to bring all our concerns, fears, problems, and desires to God and He will show us which path to take.
My friend, is there a decision you’re struggling with today? Do you have something you need to trust God for? Bring your request to Him and allow Him to show you which path to take.
Father, forgive me for my lack of trust in You. Help me to seek You in all my decisions. I want to get into the habit of seeking Your will in every decision I make. I know it’s going to be hard because I’ve made a practice of seeking my own way so I ask You to help with that as well.
Help me to want to seek You, Lord. Help me to always be ready to pray about everything. And when I pray, help me not to get impatient as I wait for You to answer. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer, in Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.
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