“So the men of Israel took some of their [the Gibeonites] provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.” (Josh. 9:14)
Just one small step was skipped in making the treaty with the Gibeonites. Joshua and the other leaders considered God’s laws against making pacts with people in the land, they investigated carefully to the best of their ability the evidence that the Gibeonites were not from the area (i.e. the worn out sandals and the torn wineskins). Careful consideration was made to the best of their ability to do things right.
But that is the problem: the best of our ability isn’t good enough. Prepare for the journey all you want – flat tires still happen. Use all the wisdom in the world before investing your money and the stock market may still crash. Get a second or third opinion from the best doctors in the world and you still run the risk of the unknown quantity.
The brightest minds in the world still can’t know everything. So ask counsel of the LORD. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17). Be faithful, and inquisitive, and wise in your dealings, but never forget to inquire of God for His help and protection. A prayerful novice is more blessed than a prideful expert.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)
#Biblebites Matt. 4:4
“When your children ask their fathers in time to come, ‘What are these stones?’, then you shall inform your children…” (Josh 4:21-22)
When the Israelites crossed over the Jordan river, they set up a monument of stones to commemorate how God caused them to walk on dry ground. And like all things peculiar, generations of future parents would have their children point and ask, What’s that?!”
Because kids are naturally inquisitive. They will ask questions. They will want to know and understand the world their parents are leaving to them. The questions will come naturally for them, but will you “inform your children”? Do we have the information in our own minds to teach them why we believe what we believe? Do we have the patience and the generosity of spirit to provide them with answers to their questions asked at inconvenient times?
Kids ask questions – but not all parents answer them. Rise to the challenge. Take the time. They are our responsibility and the world’s future hope. Evangelism begins where the home fires burn.
“but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;” (1 Pet 3:15)
#Biblebites Matt. 4:4