Re:Verse reading–Joshua 9 (day seven)
“So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask the counsel of the Lord.”–v 14.
It was a lesson learned for Joshua. Painful. Embarrassing. Valuable. Before you make a decision, ask God for His counsel!
Other heroes eventually reach the same conviction and practice. “David inquired of the Lord.”–1 Samuel 30:8. Also 2 Samuel 5:19.
Same with our Savior. Jesus never made a decision without spending time alone with the Father. Seeking counsel. Surrendering His own desires and perspective.
Us? The jury is still out, I think. It is hard to find time for prayer. Being still is a demanding task. Waiting, discerning the right question, facing honestly whether we are willing to hear and obey–tough assignments all. So, and this is my fear, sometimes we SAY we will pray more than we actually DO. New Pastor. . .nation. . .guidance. What would God say, if we asked HIM for counsel?