Chapter nine of Joshua features the people of Gibeon. The Israelites have miraculously crossed the Jordan River on dry land and defeated Jericho and Ai. Word of the mighty works of God (v9) spread to the surrounding Canaanite towns. A call went out for the Canaanites to set aside their differences and unite militarily. The Gibeonites ignored the call, fearing they would be the next ones to be wiped out (v24). They came up with a ruse intending to secure a peace treaty with the Israelites.
The Gibeonites offer convincing proof that they are from a far off land showing the Israelites their moldy bread, old wine, worn out clothes as proof. “We have traveled far,” they said. The Israelites fell for the ruse and swore an oath. Unknowingly they made a peace treaty with their neighbors.
God was never consulted before they swore an oath to strangers? When the ruse was exposed, the Gibeonites were not killed but subjected to a life of servitude carrying water and cutting wood in tabernacle service.
How many of us have resorted to a ruse as a means to avoid trouble. Ruses often become yokes, which we are forced to bear indefinitely. What is to be gained with a lie draped around one’s neck?
“The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 NLT
A few years back I planted some minature hens and chickens plants as part of a larger group of flowers intended to spruce up the walkway leading to the front door to our house. Let’s face it, hens and chickens are unique plants…but are they really that exciting?? The flower spike rises almost 8 inches into the air.
Here’s another book I enjoyed reading, The Looming Storm. It falls in the genre of Christian Thrillers. It is coauthored by Diane and David Munson whose books are written in the style of John Grisham. They have coauthored several other books, all of whichare based on their reallife experiences as U.S. government agents.
This story features the Montanna family. Mom is a federal ICE agent while Dad works as a press secretary for the Speaker of the House. The many seemingly unconnected events in the storyline keep expanding until they begin to overlap. It’s at that point the bad guys are identified and the action accelerates until the case gets solved.
I enjoyed the unusual dynamic of having two spouses, each with high security clearances unable to tell the other matters of national security. Faith and love for each family member holds them together in the midst of the storm. Its a good summer read.
Last week I had a doctor’s appointment. I scheduled it knowing I’d have enough time to get there if I left directly from work. So when my workday ended, I rushed out to the parking lot to jump in my vehicle only to find it wasn’t there. After a moment of panic, I remembered the now brainless move on my part. At lunch time I went home to grab a sandwich. In the process of doing so, I drove into a tangle of road repair at the entrance of my street. Traffic was backed up in both directions because only one lane was open. At the time it seemed like a good idea to leave my car in the safety of my driveway and walk the 3/4th of a mile back to work.
There I was, after work, standing in the parking lot, realizing “doing life” called for a workout if I was going to make it to my appointment on time. I had no choice but to race-walk the 3/4 of a mile home with a backpack on my shoulders. I arrived home quite soggy from the searing sun. Believe it or not, I was able to catch enough green lights and encountered no additional road construction on my way to the appointment. I made it just in time!
Only one problem remained. I needed to slow my breathing so I could have a successful appointment.