Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I wanted, so I took

Joshua 7:1

But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the LORD.

Disappointment once again for the LORD after giving very specific laws about the do's and the don'ts to follow. Achan stated I wanted them so much that I took them. How often is this us?

We want something so bad that we take it. We know better. We know in our heart it isn't what we should do, but we take it anyway.

Yes, we have God's mercy, but still He must be so angry and disappointed with us at times. He gives us a brain, He gives us HIS WORD, He gives us knowledge, He gives us all the tools we need to make correct decisions and yet we want something so we take it.

The LORD doesn't call us out by our family and then one by one we step forward until we are singled out like Achan was in the story, but we know it in our hearts. Isn't it so difficult when we know that we have done this and yet we continue in the same process? All the time our pain grows in our spirits and our hearts because we know and God knows and we are set apart from the LORD. We have built a wall between us and The LORD because of what we desire to continue to take that is not ours to take…

We must fall to our knees and bring that wall down and break the storm that is brewing, begging for forgiveness and truly change our ways. We know and HE knows so what are we going to do?

Falling to my knees,



Frankie said...

Debbie, that is a beautiful picture today.

Achan's story was interesting. At first I thought it would just be the one that was guilty that would die and then it turned out to be the whole family.

Maybe they all knew of Achan's sin and helped him hide it. I don't know, but God knows.

Elizabeth said...

To be ever faithful to follow his Word and His Commandments, all of which are simply stated and yet living a llfe without sin seems impossible at times. Those moments when we become selfish and yes take what we want. The irony of it all is that God's grace is sufficient even when we stray and it is this grace which convicts us in our conscience telling us that what we have done is wrong and is not of God. At those moments we must reflect on our actions and be accountable for what we have done asking forgiveness and once again we are washed by His blood and the light within us brightens us lifting us ever higher. Praise God and His Mercy.