So the Lord said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things.” – Joshua 7:10-11
After the incomprehensible defeat at Ai, Joshua fell before the Lord pleading for an answer. He cried out for mercy fearing that with the defeat would come discouragement, more disobedience, and failure. He also wondered aloud how God could allow such a thing to happen to His chosen people. It did not occur to Joshua that the failure could be attributed to just one man’s sinful disobedience.
When disaster strikes a Christ-follower it should always prompt a personal evaluation. “Has this occurred because of my own sinful choices or is this happening simply as a consequence of living in a world cursed by sin?” Only after first considering the answers to those two questions should a Christian then ask, “Lord, is this trial brought on by Your sovereign choice?” Even when we lack the ability to comprehend the purpose of God’s actions, they are never arbitrary.
Whether or not they appear reasonable to us, God’s divine purposes will always prevail in and through the life of a believer. The answers we seek are there, if we are willing to look.
If you look up into His face and say, “Yes, Lord, whatever it costs,” at that moment He’ll flood your Life with His presence and power. – Alan Redpath
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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