Scripture: Joshua 8:35 – 35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who lived among them.
Observation: Joshua reminded all the people who were with them of the words that Moses had commanded them. He shared with them the words that defined the covenant between them and God. This time of remembrance occurs on the heals of Israel’s defeat, Achan’s stoning, Israel’s successive victory over Ai and then Ai’s razing to the ground.
Application: Always our defeats should drive us to seek God and understand the situation better. In Joshua’s defeat, sin had entered the camp and Joshua needed to rid the group responsible for it. I wonder if Joshua knew Achan. IF he didn’t, certainly people who did stoned him. Evaluating our losses and defeats isn’t pretty. In fact, it is downright ugly.
All of this means that we have to take our defeats seriously. We must evaluate them. If we do this with God, we will have a second chance to overcome them. God seems to have a way of allowing us to experience the lessons we do not learn to be repeated until we get them. When we learn to experience them like Jesus and act more like him as we endure them, we accomplish God’s goal of looking more like Jesus.
Prayer:God, show me the way and develop my heart to be receptive enough to catch the lesson the first time. I want to look more like Jesus and I want to learn it faster than slower. I don’t want to waste time learning the same lesson. Amen.