The Ingredients of Excellence-Part I
By: Rick Boxx
March 16, 2015
Joshua had been warned by God to drive-out the wicked nations from the Promised Land. But after two great victories the Israelites were feeling over-confident.
Then the Gibeonites approached the Israelites. They convinced the Israelites that they were from a land far away. God’s people did their due diligence by asking questions and examining their provisions, but they forgot the most important thing: they didn’t ask God for His insight!
Joshua 9:14 reveals, “The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.” It resulted in the Israelites sharing the Promised Land with the Gibeonites.
There are times when we feel our wisdom is sufficient to make a decision. Only the Lord, however, knows the deceptive hearts of others. Excellence requires asking God, as well as doing our research.
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