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The other day I posted on Facebook this devotional thought: “When in the valley the hills prevent clear sight of what is actually the case, but when one is on top of the hill looking in the valley can be (and is) crucial to clear vision.” The thought came to me in reading Joshua 9. The Israelites were victorious in recent battles, but they failed to see things as they actually were; on the downside of a recent battle was a people acting with cunning. Israel was snookered. On the other hand, after one battle they could not look over the hills and see properly either because the defeat was devastating (Joshua 7). Sometimes it is that way with us. The Scriptures teach that the solution to unclear vision is to “ask counsel of the Lord.” Now there is a word to the wise! RT

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