Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24 - Joshua 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The Israelites did not obey God’s instructions.  There are always consequences for disobedience.  A consequence here is that the Israelites lost a key battle, with some of their men being killed (verses 1-5).  In the past, when they had obeyed God and relied on Him, they had experienced victory in their battles.
  • Distressed, Joshua asks God why they had lost the battle.  God informs Joshua of the disobedience and its consequence (verses 6-15).
  • Joshua is given the responsibility of leading the people to make things right and for eliminating the sin and sinful influences in the Israelites camp (verses 16-26).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God desires obedience (see John 14:15).  There are consequences for sinning against and disobeying God (see Romans 6:23; Proverbs 14:12; Leviticus 26:14-18).  Our obedience isn’t just to avoid consequences, but is a testament to our love for God.
  • When we realize that we’ve displeased God and may even be suffering the consequences of our disobedience, we should go to God and invite Him to search us and correct us as He sees fit (see Psalm 139:23).
  • Christians must be tenacious about our purity.  We need to do everything we can to cling to God and to avoid sin (see 1 John 1:9; Galatians 5:16; Romans 6:1-13).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • What do you find challenging about obeying God’s commands for your life?  In what ways have you found it a joy to obey God?
  • When you realize you’ve sinned, do you go to God, or do you tend to avoid Him? If you avoid Him, your situation will only get worse.  Get in the practice of taking your sin directly to God.  He loves you and wants to help you get past it.