Joshua 7:10, “So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? 11 Israel 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”
I think there are people who blame God for not keeping His promises when in actuality, it’s not God’s fault. If anything, we are the ones who make God look bad to the world when we don’t get our acts together. We slow His work because we have sin to deal with. Isaiah 59:1, “1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear”. 2Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise…”
In the midst of defeat, we do not see Joshua blaming God but asking questions concerning His promises to know vs. 7 And Joshua said, “Alas, Lord God, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all—to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Oh, that we had been content, and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan!” Don’t you think that it may have run through the mind of the people that God had failed them despite the fact that it was the people, Achan to be specific?
After the initial shock of Israel’s defeat at Ai, Joshua immediately turned his face toward the Lord. His prayer, vs. 8 O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies? 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it, and surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will You do for Your great name?”, without knowing what had happened, he did not turn to blame the soldiers for not fighting hard or the spies for not giving him helpful information. He turned to God knowing that what had happened was way bigger than men. But watch this, his concern was not so much that the men of Ai had evened his record of victories and defeats, he was concerned for the sake of God’s great name. This I believe should be the greatest driving factor to live a holy, righteous life, that we do it for His name sake, in Ezekiel 36:21-23, God is speaking, He says, vs.21 But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went. 22 “…, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes”
It’s for God’s great name we should desire to live a righteous life, desire victory, blessings, healing etc. My greatest desire and I hope is yours too is to live a righteous life for His name’s sake. I do not want people to blaspheme His name because of how I live. Don’t we see even today how God’s name is blasphemed because of how believers behave (by their lifestyle and they have no fruit to accompany their claim). David says in Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yes there are blessings that come with living a righteous life, such as escape from future punishment, life may become a little easy, there can be victories that come because of it , but as I mentioned, we want our righteous living to be for His name’s sake, for His glory. We pray “Lead us in the paths of righteousness for Your name sake”. We want to want to stay away from the accursed things for His Holy name’s sake and if we have them present, we want to get rid of them for His name sake. And in my defeat, the greatest prayer would not be about me and how the Lord should make me succeed, but my greatest concern will be for God’s great name and how He should be glorified in my life. All the rest are secondary to this desire.
Right in your struggle, in failure, in lack, in sickness etc., is the Lord’s great name your biggest reason to want to live in victory, or getting out of it is your biggest desire? blessings Ev