Joshua 7:19-26 – The valley of “Trouble”
Israel had defeated the city of Jericho in the chapter that comes before this episode. The people had done what God commanded and the walls came tumbling down. The people of Israel must have been on a victorious high. With God on their side they could do no wrong. Yet now only a little while later they are all broken-hearted and Joshua is ripping off his clothes in despair. Trouble had come to the children of Israel.
What happens when trouble comes?
Sometimes trouble comes when we have done nothing. Sometimes it comes because of our own sin. God was not with Israel because Achan had stolen some things that belonged to God.
Achan caused trouble through his sin. V20-23
What happened when we open the door to sin?
1. Achan saw the accursed things (v15) It looked pleasing to him
a. All of the people had been warned about what would happen if they took what was accursed for their own “Keep yourselves from the accursed thing” Joshua 6:18-19
b. We soon find ourselves thinking what we believed we would never think
2. Achan coveted the accursed thing. He wanted the stuff “You will become accursed” The warning was clear as to what would happen if they had taken anything that was labeled accursed
We soon find ourselves becoming what we thought we would never become
3. Achan took the accursed thing – He took it
a. “you will make the camp cursed and trouble it” This sin would not only affect you, it would affect the whole community
We find ourselves doing or saying what we KNEW we would never do
This has been going on since the beginning of time!!!
1 John 2:16
Achans’ sin affected his whole community and worse his whole household (v24-25) but we can’t find fault with him or look down on him because like Adam and Eve, or Achan, if we were in their shoes, or figs, we would have done the same or worse
How do we react when trouble comes?
Things to remember
1. Confession saves – 1 John 1:9 – Achan confessed! – We must confess when we sin in order to bring back proper fellowship with God
2. Corruptible things won’t stay – Matthew 6:19-20 – We must not allow ourselves to become corrupted with earthly stuff (James 5:3). Everything that is ours is the Lords. We own nothing and everything that we “have” will one day perish or go to someone else when we die
3. Covet nothing except that which God supplies – 1 Corinthians 12:30-31, 14:38-40
We must allow the Rock (Jesus Christ) to cleanse us from sin and purge us with the fire of the Holy Spirit
We battle everyday. Each new day brings a war that we engage in our walk with the Lord. We don’t war with flesh and blood but it is a war nonetheless. Like Israel, when we cross the Jordan, or the waters of regeneration through the Spirit of God, we begin a war for rest. The rest that comes from perfect unity with God.
We war with the flesh, the world, and the devil (Ephesians 6:12)
And all these are aligned to bring us troubles, trials, and tribulations. The truth is that God allows these to come into our lives so that we can draw closer to Him through them and grow stronger because of them Romans 5:1-5, 1 Peter 1:1-10, 1 Corinthians 10:13
We must die daily. Romans 12:1
We must die to each person placed in our lives.
We must die in each situation – Not for our own glory –
but for the glory of Jesus Christ!!
We must die to live for Him and so that He lives in and through us because He must increase and I must decrease!!!
We must die because nothing can or should come between us and the Lord