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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
A Bad Decision
by Jenny on July 24th, 2018

"Do not be afraid of them," the LORD said to Joshua, "for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you." Joshua 10:8

For months my husband and I have wrestled with decisions about our family's activities for the fall. We want our children involved in activities, lest they become the stereotypical "weird, unsocialized homeschooled kids." However, too many activities place a strain on our family. My kids want to be involved in EVERYTHING. But "everything" becomes more than I can handle well. I know in my heart what I feel we should (and shouldn't) do, but I am so afraid of making the wrong decision. After asking God to speak to me through His Word this morning, I came across something that encouraged me.

If you know your preschool Bible songs (and it's okay if you don't know them . . . some of them I'm still learning), you likely know that after Joshua fits the battle of Jericho, he continues to lead God's people, the Israelites, into their promised land. Word spreads throughout the country about Joshua's success in battle. Out of fear that they too will soon be destroyed by Joshua and the Israelites, the people of Gibeon approach Israel under false pretenses and propose a peace-treaty. God had instructed Israel to destroy all the nations who occupied their land. But Joshua 9:14 tells us that when the Gibeonites approached Joshua, Joshua "did not consult the Lord." Instead, seeing that the Gibeonites indeed looked like a people from a far-off land, Joshua vows peace and guarantees their safety. Days later Joshua realizes he made a bad decision.

Other nations soon learn about the treaty between Israel and the Gibeonites and decide to attack Gibeon. Joshua feels the consequences of his bad decision when the Gibeonites cry out to him, "Don't abandon your servants now! Come at once! Save us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill country have joined forces to attack us." (Joshua 10:6) Because of the vow Joshua entered into (without consulting the Lord), he is forced to send troops to fight a seemingly unintended battle.

But here's the good news.

The Lord tells Joshua, "Do not be afraid of them, for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you." (Joshua 10:8) Even though Joshua must engage in battle as a result of a bad decision, God fights for Joshua. God holds true to His promise that Israel would inherit the promised land. In the middle of the battle between Israel and the Amorite kings, Joshua remembers to consult the Lord and asks God to "let the sun stand still over Gibeon" so that Israel may have more time to defeat their enemy. Joshua 10:14 tells us, "There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the LORD answered such a prayer."

Joshua had to endure the consequences of a bad decision, but nothing--not even a bad decision--could thwart God's plan. Once Joshua turned to God for help, God still brought about all He planned to do.

What decision do you face? Remember to consult the Lord. James 1:5 tells us, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." But take comfort that even if (when) we make a bad decision, if we ask God for help, he will work all things for our good (Romans 8:28) and for His ultimate glory (Romans 11:36).

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Christy - July 24th, 2018 at 6:39 PM
Jenny there is a long story behind this comment but your posting today just validated what God has been trying to tell me for days about a decision I have been wrestling with since my trip to Tennessee!
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