Scripture: from verse 7
he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land…
Observation: God is promising Israel that the general attacking them will fall without any action of theirs: he will hear a rumor and return home, where he will be killed.
It just draws such a strong contrast between God and humans. On one hand we have the general, who has to make decisions with the best information he has, and as a result he is swayed by every rumor and whisper that comes to him. On the other hand we have God, who not only knows exactly what is happening (and therefore has no need to wait for rumors to trickle in) but knows what will happen, without even trying.
And we have the general, relying on people who bring him information in return for money or power or favor, so that he can never be quite sure who is telling him the truth and how much they know. And we have Israel, relying on the Maker of the Universe, who cannot be bought or and is not deceived and knows everything, who tells us what we need to know freely.
Remind me again why we insist on relying on our own understanding?
Oh, that’s right. Because we’re human, and humans are awfully silly sometimes.
Application: We can’t stop being human, and we’re probably not capable of never being silly, but we can choose to make the wise decision for now. Ask God to tell you what you need to know.
Prayer: Father, I praise you because you are Truth and you will never let me be deceived if I ask you for insight. Please help me to do so. Amen.