2010-03-29 - Parental Lessons from Achan
The Good, the Bad, and the Godly ~ Part 9
Then Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and give him the praise. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me."(Joshua 7:19)
Achan could be a spokesman for the consequences of stealing. Had he known that his family would suffer and community would be penalized for his actions, would he have done things differently?
Because of Achan's theft, God neglected the community, His people. Achan's sin was brought to light, so God's kindness could return. His mistake caused a wedge between the people and God.
Joshua asked Achan why he did this. He confessed that he stole the robe, silver, and gold, God's devoted things. He told where they were hidden and the items were retrieved.
The punishment for stealing the treasures was for Achan and his sons and daughters to be stoned, and then their bodies were burned by fire.
Stealing is not worth it; you lose more than the temporary gain. Achan and his family were killed over one error in judgment. At least the people got back in God's graces.
I wonder if the though crossed Achan's mind, that he would get caught. Perhaps he never pictured any harm would come to his innocent family.
Lord, I was wrong, and I am sorry. I am willing to bear the consequences for my actions, but please don't allow innocent people to suffer for my wrongdoing. Allow Your justice to prevail. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Is there a past mistake you should set right?