Joshua 9:14 And the men took off their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord.
When the men of Gibeon heard what the Children of Israel had done to Jericho and Ai; they immediately recognized that their destruction was imminent. Therefore, they decided to go to Joshua and the leaders of Israel and make a peace treaty with them by pretending as if they were from a far country. Their presentation was built on showing that their clothes and shoes were torn and worn out, hence they must be coming from afar. Also they showed that their bread was dry and had mould and their wine bottles empty. In the end Joshua and the leaders of Israel bought their story and made a treaty with them. The mistake that they made was highlighted in Joshua 9:14, it says they asked not counsel of the Lord. In a world full of evil, you will not know who to trust; do not lean on your own understanding.
Joshua and the leaders of Israel made the mistake of taking the Gibeonites at face value without asking counsel of the Lord and in the end was deceived. No significant loss occurred as a result of it, but trusting the wrong people can cause significant damage: it is a major threat to your future success. Samson trusted Delilah and not only lost his strength and his eyes but also died before his time. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, forsook the counsel of the older, but wiser men and trusted instead the counsel of the young men who grew up with him, and lost control of 10 of the tribes of Israel.
The majority of those you will meet will prove untrustworthy. Therefore, do not fall in the trap of misplaced trust. The solution is to seek counsel from the Lord before you invest trust into any relationship. Your success is too important to risk it on misplaced trust.
Life Application: Seek divine counsel about all major decisions including those in your environment who you can trust.
Prayer: Dear Lord, it is often difficult to discern who to trust but I commit all my relationships to you right now. Show me those who are worthy of trust and remove those who should not be in my life. In Jesus name, amen.
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