When fighting the enemy of The Lord, pray for God’s strategy.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Proverbs 16:3 - Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Read - Joshua 8-9
God goes before Israel and gives them a strategic and awe-inspiring victory over the nation of Ai. Word spreads to the other nations with varied reactions:
- Some nations pool their resources together to war against Israel. The enemy will often mount a larger fight after a defeat.
- One nation (The Gibeonites) deceptively told Israel that they were something they were not so that instead of war they would be accepted. Essentially, they became slaves to the nation rather than being destroyed. Joshua and the people should have consulted the Lord before accepting this ruse.
Lord, help me to know your plans and to incorporate my life around them.
What about war? Do we have permission to kill?
Strategic Planning…could that possibly be Godly? To plan and then execute a plan is one thing. To pipe into God’s Plan is quite another. Chapter 9 shows Joshua piping into the plans of God. He could do this because he was close to God (Love) and He Knew God and His plan. Our plans will often fail. God’s plans never do. As we serve Him, let us serve Him in line with what He ultimately wants!