Proverbs 1 pitches the book to the reader, “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, King of Israel… for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” This is the applied wisdom I am seeking, and one of the main reasons I re-read this book every month.

In Joshua 9, the people of Gibeon, upon hearing that Israel was under God’s blessing and were to be given all the land and wipe out all its inhabitants, perpetuated a ruse. They dressed up in old clothes and packed aged food and presented themselves to Israel as foreigners, and asked for a treaty. Lesson one for me comes in verse 14, “The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.” The treaty was signed. A major decision was made on man’s power alone. Someone said (in Todd-ese), “I trust you with the big stuff, God, but I’ve got this. I don’t need you or care what you have to say on the matter or want to wait for you right now.”

Lesson two for me comes in the attitude of the people of Gibeon. When found out, they explained, “Your servants were clearly told… so we feared… that is why we did this.” They so strongly believed the promise and command God gave someone else, they planned, acted accordingly, and obtained the crumbs of God’s blessing like dogs under a table are content with the scraps. They accepted their new station with completely humble submission too. Verse 25 says, “We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you.”

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