When Joshua Skipped TEA

Having a hectic day? The alarm didn’t go off, making you oversleep. You forgot to wash laundry, so you have nothing to wear. The toast is burnt, so you skip breakfast. And you dash out the door without your TEA CUPP with Jesus. You have some big decisions to make at work today and also for the family. How is the day going? Not too well.

Reminds me of something that happened to Joshua in the ninth chapter of Joshua. Joshua and the children of Israel had been instructed by God to wipe out all the enemies in the promised land. The Gibeonites knew the Israelites were coming, and so devised a plan. They pretended to be ambassadors from a far-away country, their clothes were tattered from long travels, and their bread was moldy. When they met the Israelites, they asked them to make peace. And what did the Israelites do?

The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. Joshua 9:14 (NIV)

Can you believe it? They didn’t even ask God! The Israelites made a covenant of peace with the Gibeonites. Later they learned that the Gibeonites were really their neighbors, so they made them be water and firewood carriers. But, oh, the shame of not inquiring of the Lord!

Joshua learned from this experience. The next time he had to battle God’s enemies, he prayed. This time, in Joshua 10, Joshua asked God to hold the sun and moon still until they finished fighting their enemies. And God heard and answered Joshua’s prayer…

There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel! Joshua 10:14 (NIV)

This example makes me never want to miss a day of prayer. Even if I oversleep, I can take My TEA CUPP with me during the day. Even if I forget to do laundry, Jesus doesn’t care what I am wearing. Even if the toast is burnt, at least the TEA will be delicious. I always want to have My TEA CUPP Prayers with Jesus and the Lord on my side.

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