The ambassadors arrive…worn-out clothes, stale food. “We came from far away. Please sign a peace treaty with us.” The Israelites look at the evidence and sign on the dotted line.
So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult with the Lord. Joshua 9:14
It turns out these sneaky visitors weren’t from far away at all. They lived nearby on land the Israelites were supposed to conquer. Woops.
I paused after reading this, wondering how many times that verse could be written about me.
So Holley tried to figure things out on her own. But Holley did not consult with the Lord.
Been there, done that.
Then I started wondering what all of that really means. In our days of consulting firms and consultants it sounds a little odd.
God the Consultant.
It also seemed like the process must be very hard and time-consuming. So I felt guilty AND discouraged (a little confession).
Just then another story popped into my heart. The enemies of Israel were pressing in and so Jehoshaphat (that one isn’t winning baby name of the year) prays to God. At the end He says…
We don’t know what to do, but we are looking to your for help. 2 Chron. 20:12
My soul breathed a sigh of relief.
Consulting with God isn’t complicated.
It doesn’t even require being super-spiritual.
It’s simply embracing we don’t know the answer and trusting we know the One who does.
And the really good news? He promises to answer.
Lord, we don’t know what to do, but we are looking to you for help today…
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