“This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you; But now see how mouldy it is. And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey”. Joshua 9:12
“When the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai (these cities were burnt to the ground by the Israelites); they resorted to a ruse(so as to save their lives and city): they went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and mouldy”. Then they told Joshua, “we have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us”. Joshua 9:3
At first, the Israelites were suspicious; but the Gibeonites put forth an act that was so convincing that Joshua and the leaders did not think it necessary to seek guidance from God. They took the bait only to discover in three days that the Gibeonites were neighbors. That is what deception at play looks like… so innocent and seemingly true at face value; but underneath it lies a pit.
Deception is a strategy the enemy greatly uses against the Children of God. Faced with such a strategist; how best should one make decisions? Joshua fell in a ‘pit’ because he did not inquire from the LORD God; and it is our lesson…irrespective of how big or small a decision to make; through Prayer, ask God for guidance. And as we pray, let us also ask for discernment that we will see our situations through the mind of Christ…see them as God sees them.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)