Today's Reading: Joshua 9
Key Verse: Joshua 9:14
Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.
The leadership of Israel once again, as in the case of the first attack on Ai, did not wait in prayer before God for His guidance. They were in the Promised Land. Everything seemed to be going their way. There was no more manna to eat. They had grown or confiscated a wide variety of food. While they never spoke the words to God, "We don't need You anymore," their decision about the Gibeonites showed an underlying attitude that resulted in Israel being deceived. This decision, without consulting the Lord, resulted in heartache for the people of God in the years to come.
We may want to read about those who did consult God before taking action (Hebrews 11) This list of God's heroes starts in the book of Joshua. God's list is becoming longer and longer with the names of those who listen to Him and do His will in 2017. Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, when we stand before You at the judgment of believers, may we, by Your grace, find our names written in the Book of Life. Like those in Hebrews 11, grant that we may, "obtain a good testimony through faith." Amen!
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