Grace and peace be unto you.
When was the last time you were deceived? In retrospect, how could you have avoided the deception? Scripture says, “…you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength…” (Hosea 10:13).
The story is told that Moses sent 12 spies to gather information from Canaan in order to develop a strategy for conquering the land. The spies returned and gave a mixed report. 10 of them informed that the land was fruitful but there were giants, powerful people, and fortified cities. Consequently, the Israelites were destined for defeat (Numbers 13:1-29). God was displeased with the report and decided that the Israelites would spend 40 years wandering in the wilderness.
The spies collected accurate information but their interpretation was flawed. They relied on their own strength to correctly assess the data and as such, falsely concluded that the Israelites could not defeat the Canaanites. They overlooked the fact that God would have empowered and given them victory. The harsh reality is that the spies deceived themselves. God promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20), hence he expects us to be aware of his presence and power. It is usually a sobering moment when we fail to see God in the midst of our assignments.
We are not as wise as we think, therefore, we often deceive ourselves. Furthermore, Satan is wiser than us, which makes it easy for him to deceive us. But God’s wisdom is greater than Satan’s and ours, therefore, when we depend on him for guidance, we cannot be deceived. He will show us the traps, remove them, or give us wisdom to circumvent them. Scripture says, “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment” (Isaiah 54:17).
I encourage you to carefully examine the decisions you are about to make. Have you consulted with God? Are you being guided by your own intellect or other forces? The Bible says, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:6).
Heavenly Father, thanks for your faithfulness. We submit our pending decisions to you and willingly follow your guidance. In Jesus’ name, amen.