Today’s Encouragement is Joshua 7:8 “O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies!”
The powerful armies of Israel had failed, they were forced to retreat before the small city of Ai, only a few people. This happened because of one man’s sin, Achan, who took a few treasures from the previous battle with Jericho, a few treasures which were supposed to be devoted to God (v6:18)
This small, seemingly insignificant theft, by one man, caused 36 of Israel’s soldiers to die and the hearts of all the people melted (v7:5) and their army retreated in shame.
Only God and Achan knew of this sin. The 36 who died didn’t know, the thousands of Israel who retreated before their enemies didn’t know, Moses didn’t even know. But God knew, and revealed the sin after this defeat, and then – after the sin was discovered and dealt with, victory and strength were again granted to the nation.
My friends, one seemingly small sin can deeply affect your life and the lives of many others! It’s like cancer and eats away all the good. We often think, “It’s not hurting anyone, no one knows…” But sin is a poison, and a tiny amount is still potent! Plus, sin never is satisfied with a tiny amount, sin is hungry, greedy and wants to poison not just you, but your family, friends, work, and your church.
Friends, with God’ grace, we can pull the sin-weed up by the roots, confess it, repent, and condemn the sin, (but not yourself); this is no time for half-measures! Remove it like a cancer, before it grows to poison your entire life.
Flee from Sin/Run to Jesus