Re:Verse reading–Joshua 9 (day three)
“They resorted to a ruse.” The Gibeonites were attempting to stay alive–and they succeeded. The Israelites did not attempt to learn wisdom from God to see through this charade, but that’s not the Gibeonites’ fault. In fact, we all should be so shrewd. Jesus said in Luke 16 that we have much to learn from those who use their minds to find new ways around old problems. He seemed to recognize a tendency of those who have known God’s favor to grow spiritually and intellectually complacent. We tend to make plans for the future God has made available to us while we ignore today. But we won’t have a future until we rightly steward the present.