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Examined Their Bread

Examined Their Bread

19 March 2011

Today’s Reading: Joshua 9-11; 1 Corinthians 6

Scripture:

So the Israelites examined their bread, but they did not consult the Lord. (Joshua 9:14 NLT)

The Israeli army, under Joshua’s command, was on a roll! They had defeated Jericho, then Ai, and now they were poised to move west into the heart of the land. The leaders from nearby Gibeon, who knew the Israeli policy of completely destroying the cities they conquered, pretended to be from a faraway land and proposed a treaty of peace. The Israeli leaders listened to their story, saw their worn clothing and gear, and examined the dry crusty bread in their packs. The story seemed plausible, but they didn’t pray and ask God what they should do. So they bought the story and made the treaty – an irrevocable treaty of peace and mutual protection in God’s name.

This really hits me where I live. When the pressure is on and a decision has to be made quickly, I’m often inclined to “examine the bread” but I sometimes neglect “consulting the Lord.” But, just as God turned the Israeli misjudgment into victory, God often pulls my bacon out of the fire. However, there are always consequences!

Then I read in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 about Christians who wrong one another or disagree over a business deal and then take the matter to court. Paul is disappointed that there is no one among them with enough Godly wisdom to help them sort it out.

4 If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? 5 I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? 6 But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers! (1 Corinthians 6:4-6 NLT)

I want to be one among the believers who has Godly wisdom. I want to be able to listen to both sides of the story, to “examine the bread,” and apply Godly wisdom. I also want to be faithful to “consult the Lord,” to pray and give God an opportunity to reveal his wisdom. Then I want to share what I have with humility and gentleness.

Prayer:

Father, I see my need for prayer about all the decisions I face. I must examine and evaluate but I must also consult you in prayer. I know it’s not either-or, but both-and. Help me to do better at this. For the sake of your Kingdom and your people, Amen.

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