I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to be today’s contributing author at Deeper Waters, an online sisterhood where healing words meet kindred souls. Today’s devotional is part of a series through the Book of Joshua.
Day 7 Scripture Reading: Joshua 7
Key Verse: “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” (Joshua 7:20-21, NIV)
Not too long ago I stood on a stage holding a microphone and declaring the goodness of the Lord; when in reality, God would have been more honored had I been holding a shovel. To those around me, I appeared confident as I proclaimed my trust in the Lord’s plans and provisions, but beneath the surface I was being led by fear and lust.
Within my tent, secrets and lies covered my sins, and these things were detestable to the Lord.
When we look at the behavior of Achan, a descendant of the tribe of Judah, it’s easy to see his error and judge him for his lack of faith, but the truth is, while we may not be guilty of burying a beautiful robe beneath the ground with shekels of silver and gold, we’ve certainly attached ourselves to other things that are detestable to the Lord.
Even at the height of victory and success, we can become entranced by things within our reach and grab hold of something God never intended we touch. We allow our lingering eyes to settle too long on what we lack, rather than shifting our focus to a grateful gaze for what we’ve been given. God’s provisions seem less than enough and — with shovel in hand — we set forth a plan to fulfill our own needs.
As long as we hold onto our secret sins, we have a burden to keep them buried and hidden, covered in dark, disgusting dirt. Digging up these sins by way of confession, we can offer these soil stained parts of ourselves to the Lord.
By God’s mercy and the grace made available through Jesus Christ, we can drop our shovel and walk away from the tent of deceit.