Achan somehow believed he was lacking something he needed. When in fact, it was simply a want. Something that would not have any barring on his future, or sustainability in his world from day to day. Yet, his desires were so strong, that it caused him to rationalize removing those items from the city, and hiding them in the middle of his tent, underneath were no one could see them. Isn’t that something! Putting your life on the line, taking things that you can’t even enjoy, but have to hide in order to possess them.
Funny enough, shouldn’t that be a sign to warn us of the impending doom of our hearts. When we seem to lack what we think we need, and feel the press to try and supply needs for ourselves. Perhaps even stretching it to our wants, and desires for those things that seem rightfully ours, or could set us up for better. Even when there isn’t food on the table, or the bills are pilled up in the mailbox. Trusting that He can and will supply those needs, and you don’t have to take matters into your own hands, going against conscience, or do something that is out of the will of God, in order to gain.
God directed Joshua to search the camp, assigned clan leaders to help search person to person. They had to find out who, because if they didn’t, it meant their future would be impacted. Joshua 7:13 says, “…You will NOT BE ABLE TO STAND before your enemies until you remove what is contaminating you.“. As they searched, I am sure everyone was ancious about who would be found out. But, it also depicted the individual search that takes place in our own lives. When we find ourselves at a place that causes us to be alarmed about what really may lie deep within our minds/hearts that separate us from God.
In the end, Achan confessed to what he took. “A nice robe from Babylon, two hundred silver pieces, and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels. I wanted them, so I TOOK THEM. They were hidden in the ground, right in the MIDDLE of my tent with the silver underneath.”, Joshua7:21. In the end, Achan lost everything, including his life. I am sure at the moment all of this was happening, he wished he had only listened. What he took was no where close to the worth of what he had lost.
Today, perhaps there are or have been times when you have felt like taking matters into your own hands. Perhaps you’ve felt at times God has forgotten you, and you must need to take advantage of things or sitiatons to make them work in your favor, instead of walking in integrity. I’m sure there have been times when we’ve thought the little we are taking won’t be missed. Just this one time, or just until I get on my feet. But, the actions of one mans dishonestly, and refusal to obey the instructions of God, caused him to loose it all.
Why couldn’t God just take care of Achan alone? Take him outside the camp, or dealt with him privately? Well, Achan’s disobedience impacted other people’s lives. God needed to bring home to the COI that in order for them to be victorious in this journey to take the land He promised, He needed men and women of integrity, faith, perseverance, and people He could trust. This was the only way this mission would be successful. It wasn’t about obtaining riches, those things would come. It wasn’t about gaining notoriety, that would come. But, it was about showing the world who the Creator is, and what He is willing to do in order to redeem His children from the hands of the enemy. If His children are not willing to surrender to His directive, they could not assist in this mission. If they decided to work contrary to the cause, they in fact were apart of the problem and not the cure.
God has to contain the virus of disobedience, mistrust and self reliance, in their sight, so that they too could see the cost and understand the far reaching affects of their daily choices. Today, if you find your self in the same place as Achan, choose to surrender, confess and turn from that mindset. God said in His word, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.”, I John 1:9. We have an opportunity to change directions and repair the damage that perhaps we have done, and set straight the examples we have laid before others. It’s not too late….but know that God is waiting, and time is drawing short. Don’t put it off, come to the Lord and He says this:
John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”