Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

God’s Perspective

Today's Life Journal Bible readingJoshua 9-11; 1 Corinthians 6

“The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord. Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.” Joshua 9:14-15

The Gibeonite deception, as it has become known, was a desperate attempt by a people-group to live, when they knew the Lord had commanded that they be killed. We can commend their ingenuity, creativity, and survival instincts, but these responses are based on the same human wisdom on which Joshua relied when he accepted their story. Listening and inquiring of the Lord means that we choose to see circumstances, others, and ourselves from his perspective. Cultural practices that everyone around us declares to be normal and acceptable could be abhorrent to the Lord.
Do we allow sin to live in our lives, families, and community because we fail to inquire of the Lord and get his perspective on it?

“Lord Jesus, my eyes are on you. I seek you and your perspective of sin for your glory and holiness in my life.”