That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12
Consequences to actions is one thing that many people do not think about or do not like to think about. People want to be able to do what they want to do, without any repercussion.
Often, people think that what they are doing will have no consequence, it is just a small little thing in light of much greater things. No one will notice or really care about it. Yet, every action, thought, or word has some type of consequence.
As the Israelites were going through, conquering new cities on a regular basis with no real challenge, they suddenly were beaten badly by a small city of Ai. Joshua went before God about it. He was told that there was sin in the camp of the Israelites. Someone had stolen something and hidden it. Because of that stolen item, God was not supporting the Israelites anymore. They had to clean up the camp from all sin.
Out of all the things that were destroyed in the taking of Ai, one man, Achan, had stolen a robe and some bold and silver. This little bit of theft–sin–caused God to take His had of favor and provision off of the Israelites.
Sin in a believer’s life will cause God’s favor to pull back. God does not want sin in the life of any believer. It is common for people to try to hide ‘little’ sins. People may never see the sin, but God does. Things begin to go wrong and fall apart, and the person wants to know why.
Today all a believer must do is repent, turn away from the sin and turn back to God. Jesus has already paid the price for that sin.
Do not allow any ‘small’ sins be hidden. God already sees them and knows about them.
There will be times when you will sin. Strive to keep from sinning, but if you do, immediately turn back to God and repent. God is waiting there for you to restore you. He does not want to destroy you, but to build you up. That is why God sent Jesus to pay for your sins.
Do not let sin destroy you. But let God restore you.
I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for everything; that God will help you turn from all sin; that God will build you up in Jesus; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love.
1 Corinthians 13:6
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. Deuteronomy 30:11
Following commands can sometimes be very difficult and complex. There are times when the directions are extremely complex. There are a thousand different steps, each depending upon the ones before. If any one of the steps is missed at all, it throws the entire process of completely.
For many people, computer programming is a complex process that is out of reach for them. There are a thousand commands to be written down, in order for the program to work. If any one of the commands has a misspelling or wrong mark in it, the program will not work properly. Knowing each of the commands to right is difficult. It takes a lot of work and training to be able to do it.
Moses had been telling the Israelites all of the commands of God. As he is finishing up, he tells the people who what he is telling them is not too difficult or out of reach. It is something that they can do.
There have been people who have looked at Christianity and said it was too difficult to do. They see many of the rules of do’s and don’ts that they are scared off. They feel it is impossible to do.
However, the commands of God are not that difficult. All of the commands of God come down to two very basic and simple commands–love God and love everyone else. Even those two get more basic–love. When everyone is loving, they will not do anything to harm anyone else, including God.
Once a believer can get this simple concept down, of loving God and loving others, all the rest of the commands of God become easy. Following these commands does not get one into heaven, but it makes the trip easier to make. Only by the blood of Jesus is a person saved, but with being saved, one can love.
If you are overwhelmed by all the commands of God, take a look at what they all come down to. Focus your life back onto the basics of loving God and loving others. Love as Jesus loved you. He gave up His life so that you may live. Be willing to give up yourself so that God can be glorified and others may be lived.
Loving God is not that difficult. You can do it with Jesus!
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the love of God in your life; that you will learn to love God with all of your heart; that God will strengthen you to love others as He has loved you; and that you will obey God with your whole life.