Cheating and Getting Caught

John Koedyker

READ : Joshua 7:1-26

Achan was a man not unlike many of us. He thought he could get away with something when no one was looking. Unfortunately, for him, someone was looking. Someone saw him take the gold and silver, the beautiful Babylonian robe, and the coins from among the plunder of Jericho. That someone was God. Achan should have known better, but he succumbed to the temptation.

Even though this incident took place long, long ago, it is easy to see that the moral character of the human race has not changed much. All of us are tempted from time to time to believe that it is okay to cheat just as long as we don’t get caught! I hardly need to mention any examples here. You fill in the blank. But the fact of the matter is, we often live as if there is no God who sees all or to whom a finalaccounting will have to be given.

A very wise person once said, “Character is what you are when no one is looking.” Character is obeying God rather than trying to impress others. Being a Christian ought to make a difference not just because we are afraid of God’s punishment, but because we want to do what is right in order to honor Christ.


Lord Jesus, forgive us for the times we have lived as though You were not there. Help us in every situation to do and say those things that are pleasing in Your sight. Amen.