So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord. – Joshua 9:14
I heard the following question posed “did you know that God spoke through an Egyptian Pharaoh?” As I searched my Father’s Word to confirm this had indeed happen, I learned in 2 Chronicles 35:20-24 not only did this happen, but it occurred to turn a righteous King of Judah from a path of destruction.
When King Josiah came out to make war against Pharaoh, Pharaoh told King Josiah “stop for your own sake from interfering with God who is with me, that He may not destroy you.” I was struck at the thought that this King who had followed God with all his heart and soul and had led a nation in righteousness could be interfering with God; and that this interference brought about his death. (2 Chronicles 34:1-33)
I pondered this passage of Scripture for several days as I inquired of my Lord how could this have happened. How could a King who knew and loved The Lord from his youth, not know that he was interfering with God. And even when he was forewarned, he disregarded the warning, disguised himself and continued his destructive path. My Lord showed me King Josiah did not inquire of Him on this occasion as King David often did before he engaged in battle (1 Samuel 23:2-5, 1 Samuel 30:8, 2 Samuel 5:19-25).
Pharaoh was not planning to attack Judah; he was on his way to do battle with another kingdom. If King Josiah had inquired of God before he attempted to engage Pharaoh Neco in war, or even once the Pharaoh had advised him to stop interfering; he would have known that not only was he not in God’s will but he was actually interfering with it; for Pharaoh’s words of warning came from the mouth of God (2 Chronicles 35:20-22)
How many times have you not inquired of God, to find out His will in a matter, because you believe the choices you are making is a right one? I personally have experienced my Lord sending me to someone to warn them against proceeding with a particular decision. I have sadly watched those who disregarded the warning go through heartache, disappointment and in some cases devastation.
We should never lean to our own understanding in any matter, we must always inquire of God, seek His counsel in it. He has promised that when we fear Him and do His will, He will hear us (John 9:31). And once you inquire of God, patiently wait for His counsel; do not be like King Saul who did not continue to wait, but took matters into his own hands (1 Samuel 10:8, 1 Samuel 13:8-14).
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14