There is a passage of scripture found in Joshua chapter 9:3-15, that teaches us the disastrous consequences that can befall a nation when they people do not include God in the decision- making process. We find that was exactly the situation the nation of Israel experienced when they failed to consult God before making an important decision.Their failure produced an outcome that had long term severe repercussions.
In this passage, we find Joshua and the Israelite leaders making a decision without first seeking guidance from the Lord. The Gibeonite delegation used blatant deception to manipulate them into making a peace treaty. However, three days after making this treaty, Israel learned the truth about the Gibeon. The delegation was not from a distant land but were neighbors, living in the land God had promised to give to Israel.
The whole Israel assembly grumbled and complained against their leaders for making this poor decision. They felt compelled to attack Gibeon and take the land God had intended for them. However, since the Israelite leaders had made a sworn oath to the Lord, they had to honor their commitment to the Gibeonites and refused to allow Israel to attack them. They had to go even a step further, defending the Gibeonites when the surrounding nations attacked them for agreeing to this peace treaty. (Joshua 10:7)
This story is relevant for our nation today because our leaders continue to make decisions that have far reaching and disastrous implications without first consulting God. Israel had to suffer the consequences for their actions. Will America also have to pay a heavy price for her arrogance and disobedience for not heeding the Word of God?
Our country continues to fall into apostasy as we seek to control our own destiny. We are driven to do the things that are pleasing to our physical senses rather than seeking to please God. Our court system has fallen victim of the immoral majority by becoming too liberal and deciding that God’s Holy law should no longer be the law of the land. Our political leaders have decided it is more profitable to yield to popular opinion rather than to serve God. These leaders apparently have failed to realize that it is God who is ultimately responsible for them being elected to office in the first place. (Romans 13:1-2)
The presidential campaign is clearly another indication that we are not consulting God as we prepare to make the most crucial decision in the selection process. We again are being led in the wrong direction by deception and manipulation. The leading candidate is running on a platform of hate, greed and fear. This message is the motivator for the vote of many people. Not seeking God in making this decision can only lead to terrible outcome. However, it may be God’s judgment coming onto a nation that has turned away from God.
Before making your decision look at this wonderful passage of scripture in the Book of Proverbs, chapter 3:5-6. It states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” For those who believe in the Word of God, we must stand firm on His promises. Let us not be held hostage by fear or the other tricks of the enemy. God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (2nd Timothy 1:7) Before making a decision, seek God’s counsel.