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following God’s way : I deal in hope

I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion Ask His Direction or Go My Own Way?

Joshua 9:14-16 And the men (of Israel) took of their (Hivites) provisions, and didn’t seek counsel at the mouth of the LORD. And Joshua made peace with them (the Hivites), … to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore to them. …at the end of three days …they heard that they were their neighbors, and that they lived among them.

It is easy to think, “Hey, I can handle this situation and not bother God about it.” The problem is—when we do we mess up.

As the Israelites discovered, all the physical evidence in the world can lead us to believe a lie because we don’t have God’s perspective. In doing things “our way” we’re actually in rebellion against God. Not a good place to be, as the Israelites discovered.

Joshua 9:19-20a But all the princes said …We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us,…

Lord, help me seek your guidance for my life and not depend on “doing it my way.” Amen.

(C) 2016, 2020 Carolyn R Scheidies

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