We have come a long way from the days of Adam and Eve, but what if we brought ourselves back into that time? Where we would completely rely and wait on God, seeking His counsel above all else. How much different would our lives be? How much more can we be vessels used for a greater purpose?
When it came time for Joshua to conquer the promised land, God gave him very clear instructions. He was to go into the land and conquer it by killing all the inhabitants and to not form any covenants. Despite the clear instructions of God, Joshua formed a covenant with the deceptive Gibeonites. Though their deception wasn't his fault, his inability to seek the counsel of God first was.
We must be cautiously aware to do the same thing. No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you should make sure your plans are in alignment with God's. What was the major lesson to be learned here from Joshua? To ensure that we always seek the counsel of God before we make any decisions.
“And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord.”
Joshua 9:14 (King James Version)
”Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established.”
Proverbs 15:22 (King James Version)
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What keeps you from seeking the counsel of God? Do you believe that He won't answer? Has there been any past troubles that could have been avoided had you waited for instruction? What were the lessons you learned from that mistake?