Joshua 7:1 – But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
A character in the Bible who has always captured my interest is a man by the name of Achan. We know very little of his family, his upbringing, and frankly of his character. We do know that he was a member of Joshua’s army, and that he was in the midst of an exciting time for God’s people – conquering the Land of Promise!
Leaving Egypt, as a young man, must have been a tremendous experience as he witnessed the deliverance of Israel by the hand of God. How exciting to see the abundance of frogs, the water turned to blood, the hail, etc., and to see God practically dismantle the country of Egypt!
Now, conquering the peoples scattered through this new land was on their “to do” list. After the years of wandering, there must have been great anticipation! As a soldier, he would have understood the commands from a general, so when Joshua gave the battle plan, although it may have sounded odd, he, along with the other soldiers, followed it exactly as laid out. God gave a great victory as Jericho fell to the people of Israel.
But, there was a problem! This soldier, Achan, had a desire that conquered him. While he could slaughter human foes, he could not conquer himself! This may be the greatest battle we face – fighting our inward desires. We could be surrounded with good, godly, people and be in the midst of seeing God work mighty things, but our hearts might be drifting, filled with selfish desires. Be careful to not be so focused on the physical battle, while at the same time falling prey in the spiritual battle! Beware of achan for the wrong things.
I ask you today – what are you achan to do? What desires have you fallen prey to, causing you to sin and then hide these things in your “tent” (heart) as this man did?
Evangelist Eric Ramos
Fair Haven Baptist Church