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Root Out the Sin

Daily Reading: Joshua 7

Scripture Focus: The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. Joshua 7:10-11

Devotional Thought: As Israel conquered her enemies, they were sometimes commanded to take the spoils of war, and sometimes were commanded to devote everything to the Lord, such as at Jericho. But Achan, of the tribe of Judah, had seen some of the devoted things in Jericho, and decided to take them for himself.

Though the other Israelites were not aware of Achan’s sin and thievery, they had a big problem. Previously, the Lord had been giving them unlikely victories, but when they went up to Ai, a relatively small town, the Israelites were defeated in battle. “And the hearts of the people melted and became as water” (v. 5). Their leader, Joshua, fell on his face before the Lord, tearing his clothes in grief. The Lord reprimanded him, saying, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? Israel has sinned… they have taken some of the devoted things… therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies” (vv. 10-12). Joshua would now be forced to root out the sin that had put the whole nation of Israel at risk.

There is no sin that affects us in isolation, but the consequences and effects ripple out to touch our families, friends, and most importantly, our relationship with our Creator. But there is hope! Just as the Lord put to death the root of sin in Israel, he puts to death the root of sin in our own hearts when we come to him in repentance.


Prayer: Lord, we know that sometimes we suffer because of the brokenness of the world around us. We also acknowledge that our own sin causes suffering as well. Please protect us from the temptations that surround us; give us your perspective of sin, that it would be repugnant to us, that we would find our delight in you instead.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 31.1-7

1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

3 For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me; 4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

6 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord. 7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,

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