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How To Make A Foolish Choice


"And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live.; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them" (Josh. 9:15).

Things aren't always as they seem are they? Because of this and our nature, we often make foolish decisions. I remember an episode of the Andy Griffith Show in which Barney wanted to but a car. He didn't know much about cars, but thought he did. He bought what seemed to be a fancy, quiet running convertible from a "fly by night" seller. It ran well for a short period of time, and then the transmission fell apart. The sellers had put sawdust into a bad transmission and it ran well just long enough to take Barney's money and get out of there.

Things aren't always what they seem to be and its easy to make foolish decisions. In our adult Bible class in Northfield some time ago, we studied from the book of Joshua, in a lesson the quarterly called, "Deception and Discovery." When you get the time, read the 9th chapter of Joshua. After finally crossing over the Jordan, defeating Jericho and Ai, we find Israel at a spiritual high. Despite a few "speed bumps" along the way, they had made a renewal of their covenant with God. Then they ran head-first into a wall...It was a wall made of their own carelessness and foolishness.

How to make a foolish decision # 1....Miss the warning signs... The Gibeonites brought very questionable evidence to back their claims. The Israelites accepted it at its face value...

How to make a foolish decision # 2...Settle for "surface answers." The men of Israel ask only two questions..."Who are you?" "Where do you come from?" No further probing is done with a nation that wants to make a covenant with them. Israel is about to sign on the dotted line without "reading the fine print."

How to make a foolish decision # 3....Leave God out of it. Verse 14 says, "So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord."

According to our scripture verse (15) of today, they made their foolish choice in triplicate....Despite their foolish decision, because they were honorable and kept their bargain, God still hung with them, for He had made them a promise.

He makes the same promises to us today. Even though we make some foolish choices from time to time, the grace of God is there to forgive. Not that we don't at times suffer the consequences of those foolish choices, God is still there to forgive. Because God is forgiving and patient with us does not grant us a license to make these foolish decisions. ("shall I go one sinning that grace may increase?" Rom.6:1) We need to use our mistakes to learn from that we can be more righteous in the sight of our Lord.

Have a great day....Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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