Have you ever suffered due to another person's disobedience? As a child I can remember times when I would get in trouble because of something a young child did. As the oldest person in the room I was held responsible for the actions of the younger children. Therefore, if they did something wrong I was punished along with that child. At times I thought this was unfair because it was not my fault, however I was still held accountable. Similarly, in Joshua 7 we learn of a man named Achan whose disobbedience caused the entire nation to suffer.
Achan, disobeyed God by taking the spoils from Jericho when God had commanded that the people take nothing from that battle. Achan took clothing, silver, and gold. His disobedience to God resulted in the death of many innocent people.
Like many people who do wrong Achan began covering his sin. He disobeyed God by taking the possessions from Jericho, he hid them, and then he lied about it. When you sin beware of making the situation worse by deceit the best route is to confess your sin and turn away from it before it becomes too late.
Achan, selfishly disobeyed God, however his sole disobedience resulted in the death of numerous innocent men. Many times we sin out of our own selfishness however our sin may affect others. If you are tempted to sin think about how your sin may affect other people.
God called for Achan's entire family to be destroyed. The people of Isreal stoned Achan's entire family. Today we may not stone those in our communities who sin but we should take the situation serious as God does. When we have sin in our lives it is best for us to destroy the catalyst of our sin. For example, if you have a group of friends who cause you to go against God's will and to sin you should get a new group of friends. Remember the bible states "...let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us..."Hebrews 12:1
Stay Blessed and Continue Warring for Christ!
Warrior Wednesday: Brittney