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Darcy's Devo - Destroyed Devotions 1/29/15 “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned, they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That's why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.’”
Joshua 7:10 – 12

It can be easy to open the Bible and only read the verses that are comforting. You know—those verses that promise grace for our failures, peace for our troubles, or security for our future. But our God is a god of mercy and judgment. Because He is perfect, He cannot stand for sin. This means sometimes digesting and processing a difficult passage.

In Joshua 7, God has given the city of Jericho to the Israelites. Rather than fighting a long battle, the Israelites simply had to march around the city for seven days. God delivered their enemies into their hands without drawing a sword.

The only command God gave was that the Israelites “keep away from the devoted things” (6:18). The Israelites were not to take any clothes, silver, or gold from the Canaanites they took captive. Instead of lusting after the shiny treasure, they were commanded to keep their focus fixed on their God.

In disobedience, one of the Israelites took for himself a Babylonian robe, 200 shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold. Immediately, the Israelites lost their power and were defeated by other enemies. When Joshua, their leader, asked God to rescue them, God gave an intimidating response. “I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.”

What was physically true for the Israelites often mirrors our own emotional and spiritual struggles today. Has God felt distant? Do you struggle to hear his voice? Destroy whatever in you is devoted to destruction.

When we create idols in our hearts, God withdraws, often giving us over to our own sin. What is it that you are devoted to? What do you need to destroy in order to have full harmony with God once again? Pride? Lust? Obsession with money?
Praise God that once we confess and remove those hard places, He will once again flood our hearts and minds with His presence! Pursue Him. Look into the hard things. Allow Him to show you.

Destroy whatever in you is devoted to destruction.

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