CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH LIVING WATER DEVOTION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2022.
SEEK THE LORD’S COUNSEL
READ JOSHUA 9V14
KJV:And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord.
MEMORISE KJV:And the
men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord.
The inhabitants of Gibeon were afraid of the military successes of Israel, especially of what they had done to Jericho and Ai. So, they decided to deceive Israel by pretending to have come from afar, seeking peace. Joshua and the leaders fell for their deception because they did not …ask counsel from the Lord. When it was discovered that the people seeking peace were actually their neighbours who feared destruction, the Israelites …complained against the rulers (v.18). The conflict between the people and their leaders was resolved when Joshua insisted that they should stick to the covenant made with the Gibeonites, since it was made in the name of the Lord (v.19). For all of Joshua’s successes, this episode was recorded as an epic failure on his part. Perhaps, this was the authors deliberate attempt to give to us the real history of what had happened; not a sugar-coated version of it. This is also one of the major reasons we must have faith in the Bible-Gods Word. It is authentic as it should be.
We are not told why the Lord spared Joshua from such an epic failure. It could be because the leaders had recognised their failure in the midst of the congregation (vv.16-20); gave reverence to the LORD’S name and did what was necessary to right the wrong.
In any case, this episode is a strong reminder to us. If our daily living is dependent on the grace of God, then even more, we will need to consult Him on the important matters of life, family, career, and ministry. Are there times you just rely on your own wisdom and knowledge, thinking it seems much “easier” that way? However, as a consequence, the results would not always be as ideal as you may need them to be. Seeking the Lord’s counsel is important, for it is not just a matter of wanting ideal results, but walking the talk that we trust in His wisdom and grace. It is after all, a practical demonstration of our faith and whatever knowledge we have of the Word.
- Lord, help me to love out Your Word by spending time to seek Your counsel; not just on issues which are challenging, but also as and when You like me to.
- Let us pray for our leaders, that they would develop a thirst for the counsel of God in leading us a right.
Extra Reading for Today: 1 Chronicles 8-9