“And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.”
You make thousands of decisions every day. Whether it is the decision to hit the snooze button, what to eat, which way to turn, or what clothes to wear, you are constantly making decisions. Some decisions are impulsive, but there are other decisions which are complex that carry greater liability if you make the wrong decision.
Joshua faced one of those complex decisions when the Gibeonites came to make peace with Israel. Joshua’s mistake was that he based his decision off dangerous decision-making practices that became a liability for Israel. Had Joshua made his decision about making peace with the Gibeonites on principle, he would have never made the foolish decision that they had to live with forever. In this story there are four dangerous decision-making mistakes revealed that you must avoid when making a decision.
The first dangerous decision-maker is making decisions based on feeling. Joshua looked at what he thought these men had gone through to come and make peace, and he allowed his feelings to influence his decision. Most decisions based on feelings are normally bad decisions. Feelings are emotional and not rational; thus, feelings are a bad basis for decision-making. You must be careful not to let your feelings influence your decisions.
The second dangerous decision-maker is making decisions based on sight. What you see is not always the whole story. Again, Joshua looked at the moldy bread and water spent and thought their story was true. Just because something looks right doesn’t make it right. Sight decisions are tied to emotions instead of fact. You cannot become a person who always decides based on sight and not on fact.
The third dangerous decision-maker is making decisions based on reasoning. Joshua had good reasons for making his decisions, but his reasons were based on feelings, sight and emotion. Just because something sounds good doesn’t make it right. You can be guaranteed that people are going to make their story sound good, but you must always wait to find out the facts.
The fourth dangerous decision-maker is making decisions in haste. Joshua was quick to make a decision when he could have waited to find out if their story was true. Hasty decisions are often regretted decisions. When a decision requires haste, the best decision you can make is to wait. Many people have made hasty decisions only to find out that what was presented was not complete fact.
If these are dangerous decision-makers; how are we to make decisions? The first thing you must do is go to prayer and ask the LORD to guide you in your decision. If Joshua had asked God if this was a good decision, the LORD would have told him about the lie these people were telling. Always let prayer be your first response in decision-making.
Second, seek the counsel of God through His Word. Search the Scriptures to find out what they say about the decision you want to make. You will be surprised how the LORD will answer your decision in the Scriptures if you take the time to read them. When a decision is bathed in prayer and the facts of God’s Word, you will find that those decisions will always be the right decisions.