The conquest continues and is a great success, except for one misstep.
- God’s counsel – The Gibeonites pretend to come from a long distance to make a covenant with Israel. Rather than seek the Lord’s direction (9:14), Joshua and the leaders decide on their own to make a treaty with them. Only then, do they realize they have been deceived – but it is too late. How easily we can be deceived! A situation may appear one way to us, but is really very different. What decisions do you need to make? Are you seeking the Lord’s direction?
- No fear – As the southern kings gather to fight Israel, God tells Joshua not to be afraid (10:8). Later, as the northern kings gather, God again tells Joshua not to be afraid (11:6). What situations cause you fear? Will you remember that God goes with you and will help you? Trust him, and do not be afraid.
- Obedience – As Joshua fights the northern kings, we read that Joshua obeyed God. Indeed he left nothing undone that the Lord commanded him (11:15). How careful are you to obey the Lord? In what areas of your life do you need to be more careful to obey the Lord?