JOS 9:14 CEVDCUS06
The Israelites tried some of the food, but they did not ask the Lord if he wanted them to make a treaty.
Israel was on a mission from God. They were sent to remove the people from the promised land. But some of the people tricked them into thinking they were from far away and had come to make peace. And, instead of asking God if this was part of the plan, they just made a peace treaty.
God made that situation work out, but not the way He had commanded it. Just like how they got to the Promised Land eventually, but 40 years later than they were meant to. This time, they didn’t ask Him at all.
I can think of several times I didn’t ask God’s input on decisions I was making. And I wonder if I missed out on a blessing, or if I earned myself extra hardship by avoiding God’s feedback. I’m sure I have.
I know that God has called us not just to a one-way faith, but a relationship that is a continuing conversation :
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Pray continually . . . Talk to Him all the time.
God, I want your input in my life. I want to follow you in everything I’m doing. Help me to keep the conversation open at all times, and to be listening for your side of it as well. In Jesus name, amen.
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NUM 21:6-9 NIV
Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
The people sinned. God punished them = snakes. He offered them a way to live even when the snakes bit them = look at the bronze snake.
Why did God send snakes? And why have the bronze snake to undo it? God is powerful enough to take away the poison without making them look up at a snake… Maybe He just wanted them to obey him for a moment, even just in that small command of “look up and live”. Maybe He just used this to demonstrate that He was(and is) in control. They were complaining about being out in the wilderness, questioning God’s plans. Maybe getting them to look at the snake was just a way of showing them, “no matter what comes up, I have a way for you through it.”
I wonder what “bronze snake” I’m filling to look at. What simple act of obedience have I neglected that might put me in the right place to overcome things in my life? I can think of a few.
Lord, help me see the simple things, and to obey them. And as I trust you in the small things, train my heart for the greater things that are yet to come. I love you. May that be evident in my life through my obedience and trust in you. Amen.