A tale of two men

The will of God isnt always clear. A lot of times, we fail to identify what God would have us do. Sometimes it seems that God would have us use the common sense he gave us to make decisions, but more times than not it is imperative that we acknowledge God in the decisions that we make.

Do you remember Joshua? The awesome leader that came after Moses. Early on, God spoke to Joshua and told him expressly, Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. Joshua 1:3 Thats a pretty awesome promise! God basically said that the whole promised land was his. Isnt that great?

Well, a little while later, Joshua was in the promised land. He had taken Jericho by the power and direction of God. Later, Joshua made ready to take the city of Ai. God promised him the land, so its only common sense that he should take it right? So Joshua sent out men to take another city. That attack failed and many men were injured or killed. (Joshua 7)
When Joshua consulted God, God showed Him that sin was in Israel, and that the sin needed to be cleansed before they could take the rest of the land.

So, I ask you, did Joshua make a mistake? Did Joshua sin? I know this, Joshua failed to seek the Lord and it cost him dearly.
Lets take a look at another man.

David was a mighty man with many men under Him. One day, his base city was attacked and all his stuff and family and all the families of his men were carried off. Now think, this is David! Hes a mighty warrior. Should he just sit around and wait? Shouldnt he go after those evil men?

I would think, Absolutely! But David was humble. In the midst of a seemingly obvious choice David consulted God, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? God gave David a thumbs up and David succeeded.

There are many, well, countless instances just like these in the Bible, but we dont have time for all of them. Let me make it simple, God has given you the ability to make wise decisions, but He expects you to make use of all your available resources.

There are two sides to every coin, and there seems to be two extremes to every truth. I challenge you, seek the Lord’s will on all your decisions. Truly ask Him for His direction. There may be "common sense" decisions, that He does not want you to make. We cannot see all ends. We do not fully understand every situation.

I do caution you, be careful of going a little extreme. You probably don’t need God’s permission to get up and go to work, or to do something you know you should be doing. Don’t use, getting permission from God, as an excuse to be lazy, but don’t ignore His wisdom either. Seek the Lord on finding the proper balance that He wants you to have.


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