I am ever and always endeavouring to seek the LORD'S will in all I do. This started pretty early on. What high school? Pray about it. College? Pray about it. What ministry to join? Which college mission trip? What church to attend? All questions received copious amounts of prayer and for good reason! Biblical example shows time and again when the LORD's direction is sought, plans go smoothly and things go well. When it is not sought, however, plans usually go awry and people get into trouble. I try to vigilantly follow the example of seeking the LORD'S will in all that I do. Sometimes, however, I get distracted from that focus and then I end up having to go fight wars.
You see, Joshua, Moses' right hand man, watched Moses' ministry for a majority of his adult life. He saw Moses quite literally speak with the LORD and ask council of Him. Joshua did a pretty good job of that most of the time himself. But there was that one time when ambassadors from "afar" came to make peace with Joshua and effecively did so. Joshua was pretty happy with the outcome until he realized they were the next door neighbors whose land he was supposed to take. While he was mentally kicking himself, we, the readers, get told one tiny little detail that caused the whole issue. He didn't ask council of the Lord.
I've always cringed when reading that little yet powerful verse and thought, "Don't ever do that." Then came the day when I did that very thing. I committed to something and I didn't take the time to stop and ask whether or not it was something I should do. By the time I, like Joshua, realized my mistake I was already committed.
Now for Joshua, since he pledged to protect those neighbors of his, fulfilling his commitment meant going to war in order to protect them. I thankfully only had to cut out a chunk of time and use a fair amount of gas. The principle holds true, however. If a decision has been made, you still have to fulfill that commitment. In other words, learn your lesson then go fight your war.