One reason why many make mistakes
Have you ever made a mistake before?
We all have made mistakes in our Christian walk. While some mistakes can be more costly than others, the fact remains that a mistake is still a mistake and could have been avoided.
The scriptures have been written for us so grow, know the ways of the Lord and learn from mistakes of others.
The reality of our walk is that anyone can make a mistake if we don’t do the right thing.
Lets look at an account in Joshua 9.
1And it came to pass, when all the kings which were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof;
2That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.
3And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,
4They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;
5And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy.
6And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us.
7And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
8And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye?
9And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
10And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth.
11Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us.
12This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy:
13And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.
14And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD
15And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.
16And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.
Why did Joshua make peace with his these people? Verse 14 gives us the answer. ‘They asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord’.
Before you say anything, is this not common practice among believers today? Is this not the root cause of many mistakes we have made?
If only we lived the way we should, we would avoid many mistakes and regrets.
5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
The Lord cares for us and yearns to help us.
We need to begin to practice the act of ‘leaning not unto our own understanding and acknowledging the Lord in all our ways’, it is only then that he will be able to ‘direct our path’.
If Joshua had asked counsel from the Lord would this have happened? No!
Joshua 9: 27
And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
This could have been avoided.
Friends, let us learn from this and intentionally begin to walk in the reality of Proverbs 3 5 & 6 for guidance and direction from the Lord.