The Ingredients of Excellence – Part I
By: Rick Boxx
October 2, 2012
Joshua had been warned by God to drive out of the Promised Land the wicked nations, but after two great victories the Israelites were feeling confident.
Then the Gibeonites approached the Israelites on donkeys. They convinced them that they were from a different land far away. God’s people even did their due diligence by asking questions and examining their provisions, but they forgot the most important thing; they didn’t ask God!
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.
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