Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pray Before You Decide

Josh. 9:14  …..So the Israelite leaders examined their bread, but they did not consult the LORD.

A group of Gideonites had come to the leaders of Israel and had pretended to be from a land far away when they in fact lived close by.  The Israelites were in the process of conquering the land God had promised them and the Gideonites tricked them into making a peace treaty so that they would not be overcome by them.  As it turned out because the Israelite leaders failed to first seek God’s council, they were unable to completely conquer the land the Lord had promised to them and commanded them to take.

We are faced with decisions to make.  Seek the Lord first and you can be assured that you will have a much better chance of making right decisions.  Ask the Lord for wisdom and the perceptions you need before you decide what you are going to do.  Don’t be a fool and think that you are smarter than God.  Bad decisions can be avoided if we stop, pray, and listen to God before we plunge ahead.

We can’t see beyond the moment.  We don’t know what might happen as a result of the decisions we make.  We don’t know how our decisions might affect ourselves and others.  We need to trust the eyes that can see all things of the past, present and future.  Seek the wisdom of God and He will give it to you.  And when you sense peace in the decisions you make, trust the Lord with them.  We don’t always understand why certain decisions must be made, but God does and that is good enough.   He works out for good all things that are entrusted to Him.

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