Today I thought about the seriousness of sin. And a hard heart.
Joshua 7 opens with the word “BUT”. The Israelites just had a huge victory. Huge!
BUT one man sinned.
What’s the big deal? When they went to conquer the next city, there was only defeat. Why?
One man’s sin affected the whole camp of Israel.
Sin affects way more than you. Yes, it does affect you! It also affects your family, your neighbors, your country.
Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth upon their loss and blamed God for their defeat.
So the LORD said to Joshua,
God told Israel the process to discover the sinner. Through the long process Achan never says anything. He had to know he’d be discovered. Why didn’t he confess and plead for mercy? Maybe God would have had some kind of mercy. But no. Silence until he was discovered.
Sin hardens people. What a hard heart!
Of course he confessed, he was caught. But there was no remorse, or repentance.
He saw, he coveted, he took, he hid, he died.
Sin has to be dealt with. It’s no joke to God.
This is a very sobering account. Today I need to take sin seriously. If God says “no” to my attitude or my behavior I need to agree with God and repent. That is, turn away from my sin. I need a soft heart. A heart that responds quickly. A heart that mourns over sin. My sin.
I need to encourage others to do the same.
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Jesus died because of my sin and for my sin. God has mercy on me. Hallelujah.
I can live another day for his glory. I can repent.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!