His Mercies Are New Today
Has Satan ever told you, "You've failed, so God isn't interested in helping you"? In the story of the Gibeonite deception in Joshua 9:3-15, Joshua failed to seek God's guidance, and he and his men impulsively signed the treaty with the Gibeonites. Still, Joshua did not despair.
It's true that their failure to "inquire of the Lord" resulted in a battle they should not have had to fight. The Gibeonites were being attacked and, according to their treaty, they had to fight for them.
But God did not say, "Well, you're on your own now. If you had only asked Me, you wouldn't be in this fix."
When we fail to seek God's direction and we find ourselves in a mess of our own making, we are tempted to think God doesn't want to help us. That is not true, and Joshua understood that. Soon the Israelites had to go to war, and Joshua had the boldness to ask for supernatural help.
This is the battle in which "the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man" (Joshua 10:13, 14). Even though Joshua had not listened to God, the Lord listened to Him.
God is much more merciful than we allow ourselves to believe. He is the great Redeemer. He can redeem any situation we give Him.
Father, please forgive me for the times I have grieved You by failing to allow the Spirit to guide me. Thank You for Your redeeming love.