A Hard Lesson


Similar to Joshua and his advisers, the body of Christ must use discernment when making decisions and avoid learning lessons the hard way.

 Today’s Reading: Joshua 7

 Key Verse: Joshua 7:6

Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.

Joshua, the leader, was also a priest of the tribe of Levi. His advisers—in Church terms, elders, deacons, and board members—voiced their opinions about conquering the city of Ai. Here’s one of those “if only” hindsight moments. If only Joshua and the elders had prayed with the same fervency before their defeat as they did after, God would’ve given them their instructions and they would’ve succeeded. There are small matters where we can make decisions without the deep intercession required when lives and souls are at stake. The consequences of failure are not that great. But if we want God’s guidance in major decisions, we must wait until we’ve heard from God. In a very real sense, we lie on our faces before the “Mercy Seat,” where God is seated in mercy in Heaven, God’s “Throne of Grace”  (Hebrews 4:14-16).


Lord God, please teach Your leaders in Your cause, in the church, in government, in business, to wait before You. Having prayed with the utmost sincerity, may Your appointed leaders move forward boldly. Roman 13:1-14 is important information. Help me to lead, support, or at the very least, step aside and encourage others to move forward. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


I’ve faced decisions where I cried out to God…where I spent considerable time in prayer before God’s “Mercy Seat.” I believe I heard Him say, “Get up…it’s time for action.” I’ve gone to family members regarding personal affairs and found their support was solid. I’ve gone to deacon boards and ministry boards of directors and I’ve been amazed to receive their support for my leadership. I remember so well in 1977, our decision to move from a small ministry, producing two half hours per week of TV, to the daily 100 Huntley Street live show. We had to build our own professionally equipped studio and move from Hamilton to Toronto. I recall vividly that having prayed much, I believed I heard God say, “David, stop praying. You make the decision.” I said, “No Lord, please, please give me more detailed instructions.” The board, of which I was chairman, voted unanimously, “yes.” Looking back, I know that God supported our decision.

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