So these five Amorite kings combined their armies for a united attack. They moved all their troops into place and attacked Gibeon. The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal. “Don’t abandon your servants now!” they pleaded. “Come at once! Save us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill country have joined forces to attack us.” So Joshua and his entire army, including his best warriors, left Gilgal and set out for Gibeon. “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”
Joshua 10:5-8 NLT
Yesterday, we learned about the people of Gibeon deceiving Joshua into making a treaty with them. The treaty was entered under deception, but Joshua honors the treaty. The people of Gibeon said they deceived them into entering the treaty because they feared the God of Israel.
Because the people of Gibeon made a treaty with Israel, the Amorite kings unite and attack Gibeon. This attack prompts the people of Gibeon to reach out to Joshua to honor the treaty and help them.
Joshua travels all night to save Gibeon. God gives Joshua a promise of victory, and during the battle, it actually rains down hailstones on the enemy. Later in this chapter, we learn that the hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword. God miraculously gave Joshua a victory because he honored a treaty that he was tricked into signing.
When I look at this story, I could imagine myself being Joshua when he got the call that Gibeon was under attack. In the natural, I might have thought this was God’s way of judging them for tricking me. I might have set back and just let them get what they deserved; after all, I was deceived, and therefore, the treaty was entered into under false pretenses. This action would have been the natural, fleshly thing to do.
But evidently, Joshua had learned his lesson not to allow the flesh to determine his decisions. Instead, Joshua consults the Lord, and God tells him not to be afraid of the Amorite kings and that God had given him the victory over them. Joshua goes to war against five united kings and wins a great battle.
Let’s learn to listen to God and do things His way. When we are doing things God’s way, we will always be positioned to see the supernatural take place in and through our lives.
Holy Spirit, I want Your direction in my life. I want to lean not on my understanding but learn to receive my direction from You. Help me to listen to Your voice.
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