Consulting the Pro
We conclude our exploration of Proverbs 23:23 with a look at Joshua and understanding.
“Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.” (Proverbs 23:23 NIV)
What separates the weekend golfer from the golf pro? Knowledge and understanding. The whys behind your hook or slice or, in my case, the giant divots you leave at the driving range. The golf pro gives information, perspective, and know-how. We choose how to apply it.
Joshua had been instructed by God to completely wipe out the peoples living in Canaan. Jericho and Ai had fallen and the word was out. The remaining kings in the land rushed to join forces.
Except for one.
The Gibeonites hatched a plan to form a treaty with Israel. They prepared their delegation to look as though they had traveled many miles and hoped to be perceived as an ally, not a threat. Old Clothes. Worn shoes. Moldy bread. These guys were thorough, but then, their lives were on the line. Note the Israelite response:
“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. Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.” (Joshua 9: 14-16 NIV)
Joshua had truth, wisdom, and discipline in his bag that day. He knew God’s plan and why it was necessary. He had the discipline to follow the plan, even if it meant marching around a city seven times. (Really, God?) What he lacked was knowledge. God was at Joshua’s side and he simply didn’t ask for additional information. Israel suffered the consequences.
You walk life’s course with the Pro as well. Every shot can be your best. All you have to do is ask.
Lessons from the Pro:
1) Can you think of a time when God provided information you didn’t have, but needed?
2) Have there been times you needed information but, like Joshua, didn’t ask?
3) How would have the additional information changed things?
4) Why didn’t Joshua ask God for help in this matter? Is it difficult for you to ask God for help? Why? Is it a time thing or something else?
5) When have you asked God for help and He came through?