Do you remember being a kid and your parents telling you to wait for something. Perhaps a special treat, snack, or toy. But, you didn’t want to wait, you wanted to experience pleasure right then and there. They would tell you, “You can have this now, but if you wait until later, you will have someting even better”. Waiting until later just seemed CRAZY, what could be better than now! Often times, I would succumb to the desire to have that sweet taste in my mouth that ver second, but my mom would always say, “Ok, but if you eat this now, you won’t be able to have the treat we are having later”. At the moment, it didn’t seem like later was worth it, I wanted what I wanted, and I wanted NOW! The wall of WAITING seemed huge, but turned out to cheat me in the end.
God now tells Joshua and the COI (Children of Israel), you may do to the city of AI what you will, just as you did at Jericho, and bring this place down. But, there was something distinckly different about this defeat, that was not like Jericho. God tells Joshua in chapter 8, verse 2, “Do to AI and it’s king what you did to Jericho, and it’s king, except you may plunder it’s goods and cattle.“
So, you mean to tell me that this time around, God is going to allow the COI to obtain all the riches of this city, and take it FREELY, without hiding under the cloak of night, like Achon did. Not only will they be able to take the riches, but they won’t have to hide what they have obtained in the dirt under the middle of their tents like Achon? They can walk freely, openly, without shame or rebuke with the riches of this land. Man, this is a drastic difference between what happened to Achon. In fact, how sad it is that Achon couldn’t be here to share in this with them. If only he had listend to God, and obeyed him, he could have had way more than just a Babylonian Coat, some silver and gold. He could have enjoyed the fruits of defeating his enemies, and not having to hide in shame or guilt at what he had accomplished. If only he had just WAITED, because this victory came soon after the defeat of Jericho. The lives lost at the first attach of AI would be here and they too could have enjoyed this blessing.
It was always God’s plan to allow them to take the riches of AI, which is why He told them to leave the things at Jericho behind. They were nothing in comparison to what lay awaiting them in the defeat of the city of AI. Have you ever experienced that before. Thinking that perhaps you gotta get it now! Gotta have it now! Then in the end, only to find out that you missed out on something greater because you weren’t willing to wait. Perhaps a job, a relationship, or maybe your purchased something too soon, instead of waiting for the right time or the sale. There are so many things we could apply this to. But, today in any case you choose to use this, let this be a lesson to us, to never under estimate the ability God has to see the END from the BEGINNING! He knows what lays ahead, and if He has encouraged us to WAIT, then you don’t want to go ahead of that command. Because when you do, as we can see in the life of Achon, you end up loosing out on so much more!
Romans 8:24-25, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.“