We never really consider the consequence of our sin. We think that if we are sneaky enough, no one will notice and we will somehow “Get away with it”. We need to realize that our sin acts like a GPS tracker and always leads back to us. What’s more, it has a devastating impact upon us, our family and all those that we have a relationships with.
Achan thought he was so clever. No one would miss this little amount of treasure. Such a nest egg would provide “Security” for his family as they rebuilt in the land…This is where Dr. Phil would ask—“So how’s that working out for you?” It was a devastating sin that cost Achan his life and the life of his entire family. What’s more it cost 36 innocent Israel soldiers their lives, as well as sullying the reputation of God and of Israel.
The area where Achan committed his “little sin” became known as the “Valley of Trouble”. It was a monument to what not to do—but, it became useless for anything else. Make no mistake. God takes our behavior seriously. As his ambassadors, we are called to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel. We each should remain humbly grateful for his grace but intent on living to honor his name. He truly sees all that we do. So, don’t live as though he can’t see you—Because he is God.
God Bless You
Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia,[c] two hundred shekels[d] of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,[e] I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. 23 They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the Lord.
24 Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor. 25 Joshua said, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today.”
Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. 26 Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor[f] ever since.