“The men believed the evidence they were shown, but they did not ask Yahweh about it.” (Joshua 9:14; God’s Word/Names of God Bible)
The Gibeonites came up with a plan to spare their lives and property. They appeared with old bread, splitting wineskins and worn out clothes and sandals. The evidence they presented matched their story – that they had come from a far-off country to make a treaty. The leaders of Israel believed the evidence they were shown, never doubting it’s authenticity. The key is that they did not ask God about it.
So often if life we are presented evidence – a report card, a test result, a diagnosis, a person’s assessment. We believe the evidence and we accept the evidence, but we do not ask God about it.
Some of the most amazing and astounding answers to prayer come about when we present all the evidence to God (usually along with our conclusions) and God steps in. Remember, God is always greater, no matter the “evidence”. He may not change the circumstance, but He will draw close and change us.