But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the LORD’s anger burned against Israel. (Joshua 7:1)
The defeat of AI was the cause by Achan’s sin. This passage provided a detailed account of the desires of a man’s heart, and how it can endanger the welfare of his relationship with God, his family’s well-being, and harm to his entire nation. It showed the exposure of secret sin, and the consequences were fatal.
However, before I judge Achan, I confess that this is true in my own life. Before I came to the Colony, I was enjoyed some time clean, started go to church and so on. One night I decided to celebrate this accomplishment, I thought, “with everyone sleep it would be harmless.” I reasoned to myself: I have my own money, my own time, and I can separate my sin from my loved ones. I returned to my own vomit, and go figure, it was a disaster. I was staying with my sister at the time, and when I returned home, my 13-year-old nephew informed me that his mom, my sister, had been up all night crying and worrying about my well-being.
There is both a lesson and a warning in this passage of scripture and my story. The direction and commands of God are communicated clearly to the believer. Even with the grace that Jesus brings, our reverence for God should warn us of desiring any substitute idols (sin). Believers ought to take heed of secret sin, knowing they not only affect themselves, but also the ones most close to them. Working in addictions ministry, we see the catastrophic effects on the families and friends because of one person’s sin, so I understand this concept. There are grave consequences for sin, and like Achan we all have a choice to either except the ways of God or gratify our sinful desires. – Juan Mendez is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This:Strengthen yourself in the Omnipotence of God. Do not say, “Is God able?” Say rather, “God is able.” Andrew Murray
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Be sober, be vigilant; becauseyour adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9