I want it all…

As I was reading today I came across an interesting story about a man named Achan. A man who had everything that he ever could want. Having enough just wasn’t quite enough for little old Achan. You see… He wanted some more…
You can read about it in Joshua 7…
I found some interesting things here, things that just shot out in my mind as I read this story. Here is the short version…
Achan was a blessed man in that he saw the power of God first hand. He saw the mighty men of God; Moses and Joshua. He traveled in the company of the ark of the covenant. He walked across the bottom of the jordan river as it was dry as the ground, not puddled, not muddy, but in fact dry! He saw the walls of Jericho fall as the people walked obediently with God. So you see in my mind I think that it is simple. Listen to what God says to do, and then do as He says. There was no room for wavering here. It says in James not be double-minded like a wave swept out to sea. Sure, it sounds simple enough. But I think at times we can be much like Achan. Achan disobeyed God and took what He was commanded not to take. He then hid it and it ended up costing him far more than what it was worth.

Josh 7:21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia,t two hundred shekelstof silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,t I coveted them and took them.

Here are a few things that like Achan we can convince ourselves from time to time, Even though we would never ever admit these things, we proclaim them with our actions. 
1) God doesn’t care about the small stuff… As you read through the old testament you see very clearly that God does very much care about the small things in our lives. Why? because it shows the condition of our heart. God doesn’t want us to become a slave to the sin and desire of our hearts. If you have ever heard the lie “A little bit won’t hurt me”, then you know exactly what I am talking about. That is why we have to deny ourselves and learn to trust in him. The small sin only starts small, sooner or later they become monsters that are weighing us down and driving a wedge between us and God.
James 1:14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
2) God’s word can be bent from time to time to fit with what I think… Maybe Achan thought that God wouldn’t mind if he got a little something something out of all the hard work he had done. Not only that but he, (like us) forgot that God sees everything. Did he really think that he could just hide for a while until everyone forgot about it and then enjoy it later. I think that that is a dangerous problem with followers of God. We hide our faults from PEOPLE, and forget that GOD is always with us. We cant just bend God’s word so that it doesn’t apply to us. But instead we have to gauge what we think is right against the truth of his word. His word is not bendable, it is what it is. We will either bend the word of God to fit our lives or we will bend our lives to match the truth of God’s word. I think I’d rather be on God’s side.
3) I think my way just works better… Now no one would ever come out and say this one. We are incredibly independent people. We don’t always like to admit that we don’t know what to do. We never want to admit that someone elses way may actually work out better, especially if it makes no sense to us at all. Looking at Achan in the story I almost catch myself laughing (Im sure God has had the same thoughts about me on many occasions). Picture this though… Here is God saying that he is going to give them all the land and everything in it. Achan in his weakness decides to take a little bit. Okay so God wants to GIVE everything… instead he TAKES a little. Then what he has taken he now enjoys by burying it in the ground. God’s way may have not made sense to him, but his way sure doesn’t make sense to me. God wants us to have a life full of peace, Joy and Victory. He doesn’t deny us the things we  THINK might be good, He instead saves us and teaches us what He KNOWS is good for us.
James 1:16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
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