“And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.” (Josh. 7:2-5).
After winning a battle in which the victory is incomparable to any other as a result of how it occurred, we often feel as though we can take on the world. The mistake in this type of thinking is that it often influences our next set of actions, which often results in our failure.
It becomes imperative for us to consult God on everything we do because He alone knows what lies ahead of us. We cannot devise a strategy that will be successful enough if we walk into the situation blindly. The result will be an increase in loss, possibly resources…maybe even our own lives. All of this because we did not wait for the word from the Lord. If only we had waited…
Today’s Scriptural text discusses how Israel decided to proceed into another battle based upon the words of a few whose confidence was on the borderline of arrogance. The result: Israel lost the battle because they retreated when they were overtaken by the defenders of Ai. How does this relate to us in the contemporary context? We soon forget that it is God Who causes us to triumph in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14). God’s counsel means everything if we are going to live victoriously in His Kingdom.
We can never presume to know how to proceed with our planning for the next stages of life apart from consulting God for His strategy. God’s strategy will always include a means of provision of the essential resources to secure the victory. There is no second guessing because His way is always foolproof.
So what is your strategy for Kingdom Living? Will you seek the Lord’s counsel and follow it wholeheartedly? Or will you presume to know what is best and risk jeopardizing the safety of everyone involved? One thing is certain: we will not like the end result of going at it alone. Trust God to lead us into victory. The results will be long-lasting.