The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord. Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them … (Jos. 9:14, 15).
The Gibeonites tricked Joshua and the Israelites to avoid being annihilated as God commanded Joshua to do to all the nations in Canaan. Joshua has learned from his mentor, Moses, to always inquire of the Lord about everything and obey God. Moses once disobeyed God when he struck the rock instead of speaking to it as God commanded. That cost him his life ambition to get the Israelites into the Promised Land. Joshua was a good leader who inquired from the Lord every time. The only time he failed was when the Gibeonites came to him. When we have experienced success after success, our minds can deceive us. It is because of our efforts and being innovative we conclude. Pride sets in, and we start leaning on our understanding instead of trusting God in everything. May we always inquire from God, listen, and wait until He answers, then we obey. Amen!