Two weeks ago I found myself considering the book of Joshua, again. For the records, I am lady New Testament, but do not ignore the old. How would I have fallen in love with the great King David? ?? Or nod my head in agreement, as I enjoy intensely-written-love-lyrics, flipping through the book of Solomon. #don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe —and you’re ready. ??
Let’s get back to the book of today’s focus.
I read about the appointment of Joshua. The very brave harlot called Rehab, who performed a risky thing by hiding the spies just because she believed God was with them. And that simple act saved her household when it was most needed. I learn about the wonder working God. The miraculous parting of the river Jordan. Which proved the parting of the Red Sea at the time of Moses wasn’t a fluke. If He did it before, why not again?
And then, there I was smiling and basking in all of that juicy history.
Until I opened the 7th chapter, where Mr. Achan surfaced on the scenery. So I read about what Achan did and how it cost the people of Israel at the battle front (the loss of thirty-six soldiers). How his act attracted sudden destruction of himself and his entire household along with all he stole.
I asked him why he exercised what he did? I paused, awaiting a reply. No answer to my silent-self-asked-question.
And so, I quietly flipped open the next page, the 8th chapter. Pay close attention to the second verse, please.
8:1 GOD said to Joshua, “Don’t be timid and don’t so much as hesitate. Take all your soldiers with you and go back to Ai. I have turned the King of Ai to you — his people, his city, and his land.
Note: this was after they’d cleaned house (the camp), by getting rid of Achan.
8: 2 “Do to Ai and its king what you did to Jericho and its king. Only this time you may plunder its stuff and cattle to your heart’s content”.
I was like, oh my days. What a grave mistake, Mr. Achan. Why did you do it though? Why did you go against God’s decree? Why, oh why, oh why?!!
I couldn’t move pass the above verse, when I suddenly caught my mouth moving and saying these words. Foremost in my heart, then out loud.
“Father, please avail me not to desire to disobey you. Help me only to desire to obey no matter the position. You are THE ONE who gives me the desire to obey you and the power to please you, so please avail me to never disobey you and empower me to continually please you and listen to your instructions.”
I felt pain for Achan’s family who had no idea of his deed on the battle field, but got the severe wrath of the people because God was angry. And they were destroyed along side him.
Disobedience is a destroyer, Y’all. It brings down. Nothing good ever comes of it.
Isn’t it then more well to simply obey?
The same God who ordered them not to take of the cursed things in Jericho, now says it’s ok to take their full of the spoils in Ai.
The unquestionable GOD. He acts as He wills. He won’t stop being the Most Supreme GOD. The perfect and righteous Judge. My obedience or disobedience doesn’t make Him more GOD or less. He is the almighty who knows all things, controls all affairs and makes all things happen exactly how He designs. So obedience is purely for my personal good as disobedience is clearly the perfect opposite.
If only he knew the mind of God, if only. Instead of stealing, he would have simply understood the times and obey the simple instruction which would have led to him also partaking of the returns in Ai. (Deep sigh)
God, help us always to obey you.
May we not become distracted, when you give a clear and instructive order.
Help us sweet Father to shun other voices and only allow your voice lead our actions.
Help us today and always. In the Name of Our Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.