So, about three thousand men from the people went up there, but they fled from the men of Ai. – Joshua 7:4
Before the Israelite invasion of and subsequent victory over Jericho, God had placed everything in the city under a ban and commanded that it be destroyed. Achan, a member of the invading army, took a few things and buried them in his tent, intentionally violating God’s command. Soon after this event occurred, the Israelites (feeling invincible) attacked a seemingly defenseless foe, only to retreat in defeat and fear. Achan’s disobedience was ultimately revealed and Israel (as well as its leaders) was taught a valuable lesson.
A little disobedience can weaken the mightiest of God’s warriors.
The strength of God’s army is not found in the size of our budget, building, or body, but rather in the support of our God. “Is God with us?” is the most important decision any church, organization, nation, or servant of God should ask before it acts. Of course, if we are not first for Him, then the answer is obvious.
Let us never forget that the strength we so desperately need for this life is only found in Christ and in Christ we must remain.
Why should I tremble at the plow of my Lord, that makes deep furrows on my soul? I know He is no idle Farmer; He purposes a crop. – Samuel Rutherford