Joshua 9:14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
A recurring problem in the life of the nation of Israel is that they do not seek the Lord to know what His will is. They move and act without thinking and praying. The Gibeonites have come and asked for asylum. They are lying and deceiving God’s people. Had Joshua learned from the last time he messed up, he might have asked the Lord. He doesn’t. Joshua glories in his victories. He is proud that people realize who he is. He makes an agreement that he will regret.
The reason for the failure is that Joshua didn’t ask the Lord. He knew that the army didn’t belong to him. He knew that the fight was the Lord’s, but he didn’t take time to consult with the Lord.
I have been so guilty of this. I am so hasty in my movements and decisions. I move and act and assume that God will be with me. This verse is a reminder to seek God and not do whatever you think might be right.