Joshua 9:14 So the men of Israel…did not ask for the counsel of the Lord.
The Gibeonites saw the power of God as Joshua led the nation of Israel into the promised land and knew they were in danger of destruction. They decided to prepare a group with aged provisions and go to Joshua and tell him they were from a far land and wanted a peace covenant with Israel. Joshua and the leaders took note of their provisions and made a covenant with the Gibeonites. Joshua made a huge mistake by not seeking the counsel of the Lord in the matter. Three days after the covenant was made Joshua found the Gibeonites were neighbors living within the land promised to Israel.
I am sure that all believers have been in the same spot on both small and large issues. How can I “not ask for the counsel of the Lord” since I have been saved for eternity by the grace of God and committed that Jesus is Lord and Master of my life. His presence is constantly available to me, because the Holy Spirit lives within me. I have the Bible, God’s word available as “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. [Psalms 119:105] “My feet” refers to guidance today and “my path” refers to guidance for the future. I have no excuse.
Could it be that as I have gained experience solving problems and making decisions, depending on God’s guidance, that I begin to leave off asking for His guidance. That is what Joshua did. They followed His guidance exactly in crossing the Jordan River and taking Jericho. But at Ai Joshua did not ask for guidance. Disaster resulted, but they listened to God, corrected their mistakes and took Ai.
The Gibeonites came with their deception and either Joshua thought  it was too small a question to bother God,  they did not need His help,  they did not want to wait on an answer from God, or  they were neglectful. We may not access the guidance of God for these same reasons.
I pray that by God’s grace I will diligently seek His guidance for decisions to be made each day and guidance for the future. May I be continually aware of His presence in my life and His promise “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness a through the knowledge b of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
Henry Luke 12/13/2016
Notes: a– holiness; b– Bible knowledge and relationship knowledge–by knowing intimately and experientially the power Source. from 2 Peter 1:3
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