Why Bother God with the Small Stuff?
The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. (Joshua 9: 14 NIV)
After the bitter lesson of Ai and the sin of Achan that had brought on Israel’s defeat, you would have thought that Joshua would have learned his lesson … at least for the next couple of chapters. But Joshua 9 brings us the story of the Gibeonites and their deceptive treaty with the Israelites.
The Gibeonites played their roles perfectly: the moldy bread, the cracked wineskins, the worn out clothes. The Israelites saw the evidence with their own eyes. Their human reasoning convinced them of the truth of the Gibeonites’ claim. I’m not sure if they forgot the ability to ask the Lord for guidance or if they just thought they’d save that step for a future time when things weren’t quite as clear cut, but Scripture says clearly they did not inquire of the LORD.
I’m afraid that I often fall into the same behavior of which the Israelites were guilty. When it’s obvious that divine guidance or intervention is needed, it’s pretty safe to assume that I will ask the Lord for His help . But all too often, if I think I have a grasp of the situation on my own, I will neglect to bring it to Him. Why bother God with the small stuff?
But just like the Israelites in Joshua 9, I find that my self-perception of my own wisdom is far over-rated. God has given us the incredible opportunity of inquiring of Him. As James reminds us in the first chapter of his epistle: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Rev. Robby Richardson is a pastor serving in Michigan, and the son of NY Yankee legend, Bobby Richardson
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Quote of the day: I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march, not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we are good students in the school of life, there is much that the years have to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more than a philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makes the difference, the mighty difference. Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation. A. W. Tozer
Verse to Memorize: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7