Choosing Relationships

Not all that glitters is gold.

Today's Scripture: Joshua 9

Let us talk about right and wrong relationships. In the above verse, the Gibeonites had heard of how powerful Joshua was and how he defeated Jericho and Ai. Then, they began to plot against him and against Israel.

Do you know what they did? They went to Israel, pretending to be ambassadors from a far country. They took with them some old sacks and dressed up in old garments, in an attempt to make their disguise very convincing. Then they told Joshua, “We have come from a distant land to ask you to make a peace treaty with us.” In essence, “we want to be your servants. We want to be your friends.”

Particularly in verses 12-14, they explained how their bread was hot from the ovens when they left home but how it had become dry and mouldy. They also explained that they had new wineskins, which had already become split and open. In verse 14, the Bible says, “So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord.” Three days later, they discovered who the ‘travellers’ really were!

Like Joshua and the Israelites, it is very easy to judge people because they look good or sound convincing, without really consulting God about such people. The devil has a way of bringing people into your life who seem and sound like the right people, but who are really the wrong people. Be watchful.

Association is a very important part of destiny, and whether we agree or not, the people in our lives play huge roles in the steps we take and the decisions we make. Yes, you would meet hundreds of people, but God can definitely help you discern and decide on your inner circle.

Action Point: Take time out right now to pray that God breaks off every wrong relationship in your life and help you to always seek His face when building relationships.

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