Finally the Israelites were going into the promised
land. Joshua had been installed as their
leader and the Lord was with them. But
first they had to take out the big, powerful and important city of
God intended to give the people the riches of the land of
promise He was giving, but
But human greed crept up and something got into Achan’s heart. He saw some silver and gold and a Babylonian robe and he wanted them. No one was looking and he took the items and went and buried them beneath the floor of the tent. He involved all his family in the secret, not realizing that the Living God had seen.
We live our lives much the same way don’t we. We want God’s care and love, but we want to explore the dark side too. We act as if God seen just our good stuff, but then hide the bad stuff and think somehow God doesn’t see. How foolish we are! He looks at everything, not even a thought can escape His scrutiny.
But we need to look further into the story. You remember that the army went up to Ai a
little Podunk city that should have been an easy battle, especially after
There was sin in the camp. The drew lots and it came down to Achan. Did you know Achan means troubler. How would you like to marry some one with the name of troubler? Achan was in trouble now.
Joshua 7:24 - 26 (NASB) 24Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. 25Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.” And all
This is a very sad story. Can you imagine the searing regret in Achan’s mind as the stones began to strike his wife and children? The pain in his heart must have been enormous. I know that searing regret for things I have done in the past. God seems to be a distant memory and your days are filled with pain and tears.
Ah but God sees this too and knows the grief of the heart of men. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief the Word says.
Hosea 2:14 - 15 (NASB) 14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her. 15 “Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And the
Look here and see what God does with the
Psalms 84:5 - 7 (NASB) 5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to
Look at these verses. Our strength come from the Lord. These highways in the heart that lead to
If you are in that valley today, look up to the One who loves you and will turn it into a doorway of hope for you!