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God never sets out to destroy us.  It his greatest desire is to bless us and train us to be prepared for the amazing journey he has laid before us. Israel had suffered a defeat caused by sin in their camp.  God eradicated the sin, now Israel was faced with the test of faith.  They needed to return to the battle of Ai. This time however, with God’s blessing.  What’s more, God told the people to capture the spoil and keep it for themselves.

In their walk with God, Israel simply needed to wait on God’s timing.  Achan could have honored God’s wish at Jericho and not only had the spoil he stole, but also saved Israel an embarrassing defeat and the lives of 36 soldiers.  Waiting a bit does not seem like a great price to pay for the rewards that come from following God and his plan.

In our lives, there are many times God truly wants to bless us.  He has a plan, and if we will humbly follow it, he will protect, prepare and provide for us in ways we could never imagine. Sadly, when we try to move ahead of God, often time we cause unnecessary pain and loss.  Not only do we miss out on blessing, but we also harm others.  Our families, friends and people that look to us as an example for following Christ, are penalized for our poor choices.

 Meanwhile, if we will simply trust and follow we will be blessed and those we impact will also be blessed.  God meets us where we are, but, he does not change his standard.  We must trust him and humbly follow him in order to experience his blessing and protection.  The choice is simple but, it is in no way easy.

God Bless You

Then the aLord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king, except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the city.”

So Joshua and the whole army moved out to attack Ai. He chose thirty thousand of his best fighting men and sent them out at night with these orders: “Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far from it. All of you be on the alert. I and all those with me will advance on the city, and when the men come out against us, as they did before, we will flee from them. They will pursue us until we have lured them away from the city, for they will say, ‘They are running away from us as they did before.’ So when we flee from them, you are to rise up from ambush and take the city. The Lord your God will give it into your hand. When you have taken the city, set it on fire. Do what the Lord has commanded. See to it; you have my orders.”