Today, we see an Old Testament reality of disobedience to God’s command. It cost Achan and his whole family their lives. What was it that Achan did that was so wrong? After all, he had fought in the battle and shouldn’t he be able to enjoy the spoils of war?
Under normal conditions, yes, Achan would have been able to enjoy the spoils. But, before they went into battle, God was clear that everything was to be destroyed because it was dedicated to Him. This seems strange because as soon as they go to fight Ai, God tells Joshua that the people can enjoy the spoils. Why couldn’t Achan enjoy the spoils of Jericho?
The biggest challenge for us as humans is to put God first in everything. Our desires usually win out so that God is last on our list– if He is on the list at all! God wanted the spoils from Jericho because it was the first city that they conquered (In fact, they didn’t do anything but walk around and shout). So, as an act of humility and to show God that He was more valuable than the treasures, they were to destroy it all.
Have you ever noticed how “things” distract us? Our never-ending drive to have more (which is covetousness and materialism) pollutes us and causes us to put the gifts before the giver. God wants you to enjoy the best of everything–He really does! But, it cannot come through disobedience and materialism. Give God your first and best in every area (time, talent and treasure) and then He will make certain that the rest is blessed!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 9:3-10:43; Luke 16:19-17:10; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 13:4