Joshua 7:10, “So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? 11Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff”
If there is one person who had great assurance from God about life, Joshua was that person. Look at God’s promises to him, Joshua 1:3, “vs. 3 every place that sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I said to Moses, …vs. 5. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. vs. 6 be strong and of good courage,… vs. 13 the Lord your God is giving you rest and is giving you this land”. What an assurance. He was now ready to lead God’s people who assured him to follow God’s commands given to them under his leadership. Earlier it was the people that drove Moses to sin; he was tired of their complaint which led him to disobey God. An episode like this was bound to repeat itself under the leadership of Joshua if he was not careful. You can either be living in sin and miss being in God’s will or have people drive you to sin as they did with Moses, ultimately, you are still the one who is affected.
Here we find that although it was Achan who took the accursed things, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel. As Paul regards the Corinthian church to have been polluted by the presence of one single offender 1Corinthians 5:2, 6, 7, so all of Israel was polluted by the offense of one named Achan. Could it be possible that if we know that someone is living in sin and we keep quiet and do not confront them, we are enabling their sin while disabling God’s blessings upon us? For example people taking the name of the Lord in vain, even using it as a cuss word but we say nothing. If someone used my wife’s name as a cuss word, I would not be quiet, how much more should I be vocal when people take the name of the Lord my God in vain.
Look at what happened, right after victory in Jericho, the Israelites move to Ai which was a small city with few people. Those who spied Ai said vs. 3 “Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai”. They had strategy; God was on their side as they hoped and if God was for and with them, who could be against them Romans 8:31. If they were going to gain victory, God would have to go before them by day as a cloud of wind and by night as pillar of fire. But because of the sin in the camp, God did not accompany them. And here we see how a small city defeated the Israelites. The Israelite forces must have been in shock. Their hearts melted, not because of cowardice, but because the strong hand of the Lord, upon which they relied, had apparently been removed from them. Sometimes you are not aware that the presence of the Lord has departed until you find yourself living in defeat. Remember Samson?
This is a very valuable lesson to learn, when you find yourself living in defeat, you want to ask yourself, has the presence of the Lord departed? And if so, is there sin currently present in your life that you have not dealt with or sin in the camp that has not been dealt with. We can be tempted in the midst of victory but to live in victory, 1John 5:4 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith”. Christ in us is the victory we need. As long as He is present we are overcomers. Our plans and strategies without him will fail miserably and sin disables His presence and hands upon us. To continue, blessings Ev