Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thurs., 7/7/11 Devotion (Josh. 9:14)

Today's encouragement comes from Joshua 9:14, which says this:

"Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD."

This verse has to do with the Gibeonite deception of Israel, and their leader, Joshua. This error would plague the people of God for a long time. It is better to trust the unseen God, than to put confidence in what we can touch and smell. There is too much at stake in the spirit-
ual realm to risk great loss, because we think we can handle the situ-
ation on our own.

Let us always bring everything to God. Let us not be so proud, as to think we are able to do *anything* independently of Him.

[Puritan quote of the day: "By telling others what God has done for your soul, you may make them in love with the ways of God, and cause them to turn proselytes to religion [viz. the true religion]."
--Thomas Watson, in, "A Body of Divinity"]