“Israel has sinned. They have violated My covenant that I appointed for them. They have taken some of what was set apart. They have stolen, deceived, and put the things with their own belongings. This is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies. They will turn their backs and run from their enemies, because they have been set apart for destruction. I will no longer be with you unless you remove from you what is set apart.” Joshua 7:10-12
Though Joshua’s command was clear about not keeping any banned item, one person kept a shiny object for himself and 36 warriors died at Ai.
Just as the one Israelite in this passage sinned by disobeying God's covenant and taking that which was set apart for destruction, we too can fall into the trap of disobeying God and facing consequences as a result.
We all have sinful things we have hidden with our belongings. These things are not limited to actual possessions, but can be thoughts or ideas we hold about ourselves or others that do not reflect the truth of God. My own personal battle has been to shed lies regarding my identity in Christ, that limit my ability and willingness to connect with others.
When we obey God and stay true to His commandments, He will go before us and stand strong against our enemies, allowing us to overcome challenges in our lives. All unrepented sin leads to death (1 John 5). Without God's strength, we are weak and vulnerable to defeat, and not just for ourselves but also for those near to us.
Daily Battle Order:
Reflect on your own actions. Are you holding on to things that God has set apart? Identify these areas, repent, and take steps to correct them. Make a conscious effort to obey and follow God's will in these aspects of your life.
It is important to remember that obedience and faithfulness to God is a daily practice that requires effort. Seek accountability and surround yourself with people who will help you stay faithful and obedient to God.
"The Joshua Commission is named after this book of the Bible - Joshua. We too are moving out for the promised land, under God's command."