READ: Joshua 2:1-24
- In light of all that was said in chapter one about God’s presence, being strong and courageous, and relying on God’s Word, it might appear that Joshua isn’t being faithful. Before going into the land, which they were to do in three days, Joshua sent two spies. It seems a strange thing, also, because it’s a repeat of the story from 40 years earlier. Then, Moses sent 12 spies and 10 convinced the people to refuse to cross the Jordan. Could this backfire?
- The men, in spite of (or, because of) a narrow escape in Jericho, returned more confident than ever. Their experience only served to reinforce that God was in charge and had prepared the land for them. Their confidence, in turn, buoyed up the confidence of Joshua to move forward with the plans God had revealed.
- Investigation is not a problem with God. We don’t gain anything by taking a blind, “leap of faith,” into our future. God isn’t opposed to us using wisdom in discerning direction in our lives. We shouldn’t let what we discover frighten us, if we have a specific calling, but we shouldn’t foolishly ignore the evidence of a bad decision. One feature of the way we make decisions is to investigate the possibilities. To see what could be is a part of developing vision.
- Describe a time when you needed to investigate something before making a final choice.
- When have you let the unknown deter you from making an important decision?
- Reflect on a time when you wish you’d have done more investigating.
Thank God for His presence and leadership. Pray for wisdom in knowing when to go and when to hesitate. Pray that we, as a church, will follow God’s leadership without wavering.