Joshua 9 records the story of the Hivites, a people group of ancient Canaan, who deceive Joshua and the people of Israel in order to live. God clearly commanded the Israelites to make no treaty with any group within the Promised Land, but when these cunning folk heard of the Jericho miracle, they devised a deceptive plan. Putting on the most ragged clothes and sandals they could find, carrying worn-out wine skins and moldy bread, they approached the leaders of God’s people and told a tale of endless travels to arrive in Canaan before them.
12 “This bread was hot from the ovens when we left our homes. But now, as you can see, it is dry and moldy. 13 These wineskins were new when we filled them, but now they are old and split open. And our clothing and sandals are worn out from our very long journey.”
14 So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. 15Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety, and the leaders of the community ratified their agreement with a binding oath.
Oops! Here we have a decision made completely upon limited awareness…which is like every one of our decisions if we fail to consult the Lord. Even the great and highly qualified leader, Joshua, overlooked an essential step in decision making. He didn’t ask for God’s wisdom.
To love God we must obey God. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Sometimes, however, we disobey without even knowing it because we’re functioning in an “I can handle this mode” instead of a truly “I’m dependent upon you, God” mode. Even though we don’t mean to do this, we falter in our love for God when we forget to include His participation in the important decisions of life.
What a great reminder that this thing we have with God is RELATIONSHIP. He longs to be included in our every day affairs and decisions…because He knows a lot more than we do.