During Bible Study we read about Joshua and his defeat over Jericoh. And also about the defeat that they endured at the battle of Ai. They felt so confident about their attack, since it went so peacefully at Jericoh. Many at Jericoh probably thought that they had lost their mind. However, their tactic is exactly what God had planned for them. To march around Jericoh and shout on the last go around. But that isn’t how he wanted the battle of Ai to go. He had other plans.
This made me realize just how different each trial that we face, compares.
Why do we assume that each battle is to be handled the same? Why do we not ask God for guidance in each situation that we are faced with?
Many times when we ask God for guidance or strength we think that this is a “general” area. Not each trial or tribulation that God sends our way is the same. We need to ask for his guidance in EVERY situation that we face.
Just like when Moses was in the wilderness, and his people were thirsty. God told him the first time to “strike the rock”. But the next time that his people were thirsty, God instructed him to “speak to the rock”. However, he “struck the rock” once more, and his disobedience, caused him to never reach the Promised Land of Canaan.
Why do we think that when God gives us instructions, it is going to be “universal”? Is it substantial enough for everything that we are going to face? Why do we not go to him for each problem that we are facing, and ask his guidance to bring us through it?
God never changes, but his mercies are endless. Meaning that just like sheep, we are always in need of the shepherd. Without our shepherd we would be lost…. clueless.
That is why we are compared to the sheep in the Bible, because we often stray from God’s will, and plan that he has for us. Pray for each situation that God has in your life. Pray without ceasing. God yearns to hear from his children.
Without God’s direction, we would be like the lost sheep that the shepherd had to leave the 99 to find.
When God gives you instructions, learn… love… and trust his leadership and path. But with every situation, seek his guidance. For he will never leave you or forsaken you.