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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Seek God First (Josh. 10)

Have you ever noticed how tempting it is to do what is right in our own eyes or just seek the wisdom of others around us when we are facing a battle, making a decision or signing a contract? We often forget to seek God first or we are just unwilling to wait for His guidance.



In Joshua 10, I was struck by the repeated phrase “And the Lord delivered … into the hand of Israel.”


Then at the end of the chapter it says:


Joshua 10:42 Joshua captured all these kings and their lands at one time, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.


All of Israel’s victories came from the Lord their God not by their own hands.


Each time before going into battle, they sought the Lord and did what He told them to do. That's why they experienced all the victories.


But in the previous chapter, they did the opposite. They didn't seek the Lord before entering into a covenant with people who came to them pretending to be someone they were not. They trusted the people and did what seemed right in their own eyes rather than seeking God first and waiting on Him. As a result, they were deceived and paid the price for it for years to come.


It's so easy to be fooled. It's so easy to think the choice before us is obvious or often times just satisfies our worldly desires. So we move ahead quickly rather than seeking God first and patiently waiting for His direction.


But anytime we enter a battle, make a decision, or sign a contract without seeking God first and waiting for His direction, we risk being fooled by something on the surface without seeing the consequences of what lies ahead.


Dear Lord, Please put it on my heart to seek you first in all things, every battle, every decision, and every contract, so that I am not fooled by what seems trustworthy on the outside without knowing what lies below the surface. Lord, give me the patience to wait when I need to wait and move forward when you tell me to move forward. In all things Lord, let me seek you first, rather impulsively pushing ahead with what seems right at the time, in my own eyes or in the eyes of others.

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