So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the LORD. And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live, and the leaders of the congregation swore to them. -Joshua 9:14-15 ESV
Warrior; What a sad statement for YOU, ME and the whole of humanity! We GET, TAKE, are BLESSED by, and from God, BUT do NOT seek HIS counsel- BEFORE we do! To get the FULL flavor of this, we must READ FROM Joshua 6 on. The book of Joshua consistently moves us to see things from God’s perspective and tells us to STOP with our selfishly tainted inclinations of personal gain and self-preservation. The Lord delivered them into a new land, Canaan. The Lord delivered Jericho into their hands- without lifting a SWORD, but only bY HIS WORD! God instilled a herem, a ban. Jericho’s spoils fell under a command that all things, whether people or property, must be subject to a law of TOTAL devotion! The victory was the Lords and HE demanded all the spoils. But Achan violated the herem- he felt he DESERVED better, more, his family had NEEDS. After God brought fire to cleanse the congregation, THEN God delivered Ai.
Leader, God did with Joshua, what He did with Moses- teaching him, and us, how to COMMIT to ‘FATHER MAY I’! As we see with Joshua, he still didn’t get it, because he was tricked into a treaty with the Gibeonites, which was against God’s original rule- remove ALL IN the land! Just like we can be like Joshua and think we GOT THIS, and mess things up Royally! We can also be like Joshua and be a trusting WARRIOR!
Conduit, God wants us to walk with HIM, LISTEN to Him and to trust ONLY in HIM. God is calling us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness- His WORD- and all the other things- STUFF-will be given to you as well! READ Matt 6:19-33 and then DO it! Our God has GREAT plans for us! Plans for a future and Hope, if we will just seek His will and DO HIS WILL! Amen!