They returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up; only about two or three thousand men need go up to Ai; do not make all the people toil up there, for they are few.”
What’s missing from the plan?  Did you catch it? In the previous battle  of Jericho, God was drawing up the battle plans- down to the last detail. They sought His guidance and leadership. They had an overwhelming victory. Yet, just 1 chapter later, no mention of God at all in the planning or preparation.
What if Joshua had stopped after hearing the “scouting report” and prayed?  Asked God for His wisdom and direction? Think the Lord would have confronted them about the sin problem? I do. Joshua and his leaders forgot. They were planning and fighting by sight, not faith. Dangerous. Easy to do. Forgetting how finite and prone to sin and disobedience we are. That’s one of the reasons Jesus says, “Do this in remembrance of me”. A visual and verbal reminder of our sin and need for a savior. Whatever our plans or activities or priorities, we must ask the Lord to lead and guide us- checking our hearts daily, hourly, at every step. We need that because we are sinners saved by grace.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭7‬

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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