Daily D – Joshua 9:18
Joshua 9:18 But the Israelites did not attack the towns, for the Israelite leaders had made a vow to them in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. The people of Israel grumbled against their leaders because of the treaty. (NLT)
Why do we make things harder than they have to be? How does this happen? Most of the time it’s because we examine things and make our best guesses without asking God what he sees that we do not.
This is what happened in Joshua 9:14:
So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord.
Our habits build us up or tear us down. Here’s a good habit for building a better life: Go to God in prayer about every decision. It is unnecessary to employ smoke and incense for these kinds of prayers. Sometimes simple prayers work better than those full of King James English. Here are some of my favorites:
* Help me, please.
* Help me, please, O Lord.
* Please give me wisdom equal to this moment.
* Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. (Psalm 143:8 NIV)
Here’s an old saying worth repeating and committing to memory: Use all the brains you’ve got and all you can borrow. Most importantly, ask for God’s guidance and trust that he will give it.
He who never leaves you nor forsakes you is more interested in speaking to your heart than you are in listening. Indeed, this is why life is often harder than it has to be.
I will seek God in prayer as a life-giving habit.
Our Father, teach us to pray. Teach us to pray about every big thing, every little thing, and everything where we simply do not know what to do in the moment. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.