READ : Joshua 8:1-29
God can take the results of human weakness and, if we surrender, make them work together for good (see Romans 8:28). I have seen this happen in my own life with frequency. Some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned have resulted from my own mistakes or the mistakes others made that have touched my life. We see this illustrated in this chapter: God took the results of Israel’s sin and used them to give Israel the victory.
Israel’s defeat at Ai and the tragic events surrounding the house of Achan left Joshua fearful and brokenhearted. Gloom and despair permeated Israel. “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,” God said to Joshua, and then followed up with specific instructions. God gave Joshua much needed assurance. Achan’s sin, serious as it was, did not mean the Lord had forsaken Israel.
It is reassuring to know that God does not withdraw His blessings permanently when we fail Him. Rather, He lovingly disciplines us and helps us to refocus on His will for our lives. It’s also reassuring that we are not totally responsible for the failures of those under our leadership.
Are you in need of this assurance? Follow God’s directions; He will lead you and give you strength.
Lord, I need the assurance of Your presence so I will not be discouraged or afraid. Show me the way, and I will follow. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.